In April, Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s research and work on COVID-19 and vaccines, which included trials and research of Moderna’s vaccine. The New England Journal of Medicine announced Moderna vaccine results, and the Dolly Parton Covid-19 Research Fund was listed as one of the supporters.
Parton’s donation was made in honor of her friend Dr. Naji Abumradm, who is a professor of surgery there.
“[Abumrad] informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure,” she posted on Instagram following the donation.
Parton has been a longtime philanthropist through her Dollywood Foundation.