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Dolly Parton donates $1M to Vanderbilt COVID-19 research efforts

Dolly Parton surprised fans at a music festival in Rhode Island, Saturday. / (MGN)
Dolly Parton surprised fans at a music festival in Rhode Island, Saturday. / (MGN)(WVLT)
Published: Apr. 1, 2020 at 12:41 PM EDT
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Dolly Parton announced she donated $1 million to Vanderbilt towards COVID-19 research efforts as cases continue to grow worldwide.

The country star took to Twitter to say her longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad has been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years. Dr. Abumrad told Parton they were making advancements towards the research of the coronavirus cure.

Parton said she hopes her donation encourages "people that can afford it to make donations."

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