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Parton is even mentioned in the New England Journal of Medicine. In a report on the vaccine, the Dolly Parton Research Fund COVID-19 is listed as a supporter of Vanderbilt’s research.
In April, Parton tweeted, “My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who has been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informs me that they are making some exciting progress in coronavirus research for treatment.” She continued: “I’m making a $ 1 million donation to Vanderbilt for this study and to encourage people who can afford it to donate.
On Tuesday, when the news of the singer’s participation spread, Parton herself responded in her typical modest way.
“When I donated the money to the Covid Fund, I just wanted it to be good, and obviously it is!” Parton wrote. “Let’s hope we find a cure soon.”
And her fans responded with gratitude and excitement. “Go Dolly!” wrote one Twitter user. “Ethical, responsible and humanitarian all the time – such an inspiration! This positive energy is exactly what we need!”
Another said: “Dolly Parton is just an amazing woman. She donates books to disadvantaged children, writes some of the greatest songs ever and is now helping to end the pandemic.” (The Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Parton gives free books to children around the world.)
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