Did Dolly Parton just cure COVID-19? Country crooner credited with helping create vaccine

‘I’m just happy that anything I do, can help somebody else’

Dolly Parton is trending online this week for her $1 million donation towards research in the search for a cure for COVID-19.

The country music icon actually made the donation earlier this year and posted about it on Instagram on April 1 crediting her longtime friend and Vanderbilt researcher Dr. Naji Abumrad for informing her that “they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure.”

A tweet shared Monday by a planning student at the University of Maryland went viral after it pointed to Dolly’s donation and subsequent credit in the Moderna vaccine preliminary report from the New England Journal of Medicine.

“I’m just happy that anything I do, can help somebody else, and when I donated the money to the COVID fund I just wanted it to do good and evidently it is," Dolly said on the Today Show Tuesday. “I just hope we find a cure real soon.”

Parton is known for her philanthropic nature, having set up the Dollywood Foundation which has, in the past, donated money to families affected by fires in the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area.

She’s also at the helm of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library - “a book gifting program which mails high-quality, free books to more than a million children around the world each month,” the foundation’s website states.


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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.