In April last year, Dolly Parton contributed $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee for COVID-19 research. Appearing on Absolute Radio Country yesterday, Parton claims she “probably gets a lot more credit than she deserves.”
‘When the pandemic came out, I just felt led to do something because I knew something bad was on the rise and I just kind of wanted to help with that, so I donated to help with that.”
Though her one million dollar donation was significant, in the grand scheme of things, Parton feels she ultimately didn’t contribute much.
“So, mine was a small part of course, but I probably get a lot more credit than I deserve. But I was happy to be part of that, and to be able to try stop something in its tracks that’s really become such a monster for all of us.”
Parton herself received the vaccine first in March and her second does in April.
Despite Parton’s claims, Moderna outright credited her donation in a preliminary report about the vaccine. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the report lists the “Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund” as a benefactor.
Dolly Parton On Why She Gets More Credit Than ‘She Deserves’
So, why would Parton feel she gets more credit than she deserves? In part, it’s likely because she admits she didn’t know that was the program she donated to. While speaking on BBC’s “The One Show,” she states she was working and doing interviews asked about the vaccine.
“I’m so excited about the news. I heard that yesterday and I didn’t realize that was part of the program that I was part of. So I feel very, very honored and proud.”
Initially, Parton donated because of the good Vanderbilt University Medical Center does and the fact it had helped her and her family through the years.
“It’s been good to me and my family through the years so I donated $1million and they called it the Dolly Parton COVID fund. So out of that they actually got more money and it just started developing and they were developing all these wonderful things.”
Additionally, Parton expresses the thought her donation is sizable but is essentially a drop in the bucket at this point.
“I’m sure many, many millions of dollars by many people went into that but I just felt so proud to have been part of that little seed money that hopefully will grow into something great and help to heal this world.”
Regardless, Parton claims her efforts would make her younger self proud. She also states her Netflix Christmas special is another point of pride, due to bringing people happiness in the midst of the pandemic.