Amidst the rising cases of COVID-19 in the US, prominent influencers and celebrities in the country are leaving no stone unturned to fight against this deadly pandemic. On Wednesday, the legendary singer-songwriter, Dolly Parton, revealed that she was making a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre’s Coronavirus Research and urged others to do their bit.
In a statement posted to Instagram, she wrote, “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 the research of the Coronavirus for a cure. I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”
Thanking Dolly for her generosity, the Vanderbilt University Medical Centre said, ‘We are incredibly grateful to Dolly (@DollyParton) for believing in our doctors and researchers as we work hard to fight COVID-19.”
Dolly has joined a long list of celebrities making sizeable donations to take down the current pandemic. Earlier this week, Rihanna’s The Clara Lionel Foundation and Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation had donated $1 million each. Last week, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively also gave away $1 million to two food charities to counter the adverse effect of Covid-19. Kylie Jenner had also contributed $1 million to buy personal protective equipment for health-care workers.
As of today, the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has jumped to 215,344, while the number of deaths has reached to 5,112.