Dolly Parton has pledged a donation of $1 million to Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center to help fund research to find a cure for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The nine-time Grammy winner shared the announcement on Wednesday and encouraged others to donate to the cause if they are able.
“My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure,” Parton shared across her social media channels. “I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”
Since the coronavirus outbreak began to hit the United States, Parton has used her voice to provide hope to fans via social media. She recently shared a video with an inspiring message to fans, assuring them that everything is going to be okay.
“I think that when this passes, we are gonna all be better people,” the beloved entertainer said. “I know that I have a positive attitude about it as negative as it seems to be right now. Just keep the faith. Don’t be too scared, it’s gonna be alright.”
Earlier this week, Parton announced that she will be reading bedtime stories to children once a week via the Imagination Library’s “Goodnight with Dolly” series. The 10-week series will feature Parton reading various books from the program to children and their families. The series will begin on Thursday, April 2 at 7 pm EST with the book The Little Engine That Could.