Whether it’s her humble upbringing or her unwavering faith, Dolly Parton is one of the most inspiring country artists we’ve ever met. Her thoughtful words can raise spirits, raise goose bumps and even raise tears. In fact, she drew a few tears from Meghan McCain during an appearance on ABC’s “The View.”

Dolly was on the show to promote her new children’s album, “I Believe In You,” and to chat with all of the ladies about current events. However, before they got too deep into their roundtable discussion, Meghan had something important to tell the country star. And it was personal.

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Meghan, the daughter of Senator John McCain, explained, “Whenever anything is going hard in my life, I say your quote, ‘The way I see it, if you want the rainbow you have to put up with the rain.’”

Choking back tears, she continued, “It’s been a hard time for my family the last few months and every morning when I would get up to go with my dad to his chemo and radiation, I would say that [quote] because it made me feel better. And then when we were driving up to our ranch in Cottonwood, [Arizona,] I saw the most beautiful rainbow I’ve ever seen in my entire life … and I made my boyfriend pull over so I could take a photo of it and I just thought it was a good omen. And I just want to thank you for being such an inspiration to me and that quote really has helped me.”

Humbled by the comments, Dolly replied, “By the way, we love your dad. He’s a true hero.”

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Senator McCain, a Vietnam P.O.W., is receiving treatment for an aggressive glioblastoma brain tumor.

Meghan also shared how Dolly had just donated $1 million to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. “I was honored and proud to do that because my little niece, Hannah Dennison, my sister Rachel’s daughter and Richard Dennison who works with me, runs my publishing company and sings in my background group, well when Hannah was 4 [years old], she got leukemia,” Dolly explained, “And she had such good treatment at Vanderbilt Hospital, so Dr. [Mehmet] Oz came down the other day and we took a trip through Vanderbilt and while we were there visiting the children, I just felt inspired to say, ‘What can I do to help the kids,’ so that’s what I did.”

Does anyone else wonder how Dolly hides her wings under all of those sparkly dresses?

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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