Dolly Parton Is Medicine at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

Celebrates I Believe in You Album Release with Patients in Treatment

Dolly Parton’s visit to the Monroe Carell Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville on Friday (Oct. 13) was the medicine the country music community needed following the tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest music festival.

The visit served as the official album launch for her first children’s collection I Believe in You and included a big check donation of $1 million to the facility.

Parton’s niece Hannah Dennison, daughter of her sister Rachel and longtime band member Richard Dennison, spent years battling leukemia at Vanderbilt. Today, Hannah is a healthy young woman, and Dolly wanted to bring their story of hope to patients in treatment at the hospital.

During a Facebook Live Q&A at the hospital’s Seacrest Studios, Parton took several questions from patients that ranged from an invention she couldn’t live without (the television), her favorite place to perform (Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium) and whether she’d rather deliver babies or pizza (Neither – she’d rather sing).

“I’d probably take the pizza because I’m a pig at heart,” Parton joked.

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