It was just yesterday that we heard the heartbreaking news that legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Amidst this news, he announced that he would be retiring from touring. Refunds were offered to those who had purchased tickets for his planned tour of Australia and New Zealand in March, but those who got their refunds ended up doing the coolest thing ever!
Neil’s wife Katie Diamond tweeted that she has been receiving many messages from fans saying that they have donated their refunded money to various charities such as Parkinson’s research, animal rescue groups, fire victim funds, etc.
Wow, I’ve received a bunch of messages from people in Aus & NZ who are donating their ticket refunds to good causes: Parkinson’s research, animal rescue groups, fire victim funds, etc. My heart is so full of joy to see this silver lining. Faith in humanity = restored. Thank you!
— Katie Diamond (@KatieMcDiamond) January 23, 2018
This makes me smile. Thank you. Thank you to everyone for your outpouring of love and support. It makes a difference. https://t.co/TLZAa69q1B
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) January 23, 2018
If this doesn’t inspire you, I don’t what will. If you ask me, I’d say that all music fans should aspire to be this generous, not just because it helps these charities, but because it makes a statement that there is a silver lining in every situation!