A heartwarming video of the incident shows the stranger patiently holding the newspaper still for the senior.
It's rare when people show kindness to strangers. It is therefore all the more heartwarming when we see people do something nice for someone they don't know without expecting anything in return. This video of a stranger's kindness documents one such incident. The clip, originally shared by TikTok user @rosiemegangill, shows an elderly man on a train struggling to hold his newspaper still and a woman sitting across from him holding it steady for the senior. She even flips the page when he is done reading that page in the incident that reportedly took place on a London train. The video soon went viral with over 3.1 million views and 311k likes. "Faith in humanity restored," the post caption reads.
People on TikTok were moved by how the woman helped the man. One wrote: "What's beautiful, is she did this without a fuss, without looking for attention or taking a selfie. She just helped.” Another commented: "Taking care of each other more should be our resolutions." A third one said, "This is so beautiful." Many TikTok users also shared their experiences of having a family member suffering from Parkinson's. One commented: "Made me cry, my father suffers from Parkinson's disease too, and watching him struggle every day breaks my heart. Ya Allah pray for my father please!"
Another wrote, "My grandfather has Parkinson's so his hands would constantly shake. I know if he was alive he would appreciate someone doing this for him." A third commented: "As someone whose father suffered terribly and died from Parkinson's, this made my heart ache and my eyes tear up."
(London): This man with Parkinson's disease couldn’t hold his newspaper so a stranger held it still for him so he could read it.— GoodNewsCorrespondent (@GoodNewsCorres1) January 4, 2023
Neil Diamond, the well-known singer-songwriter, has also been battling Parkinson's. However, he recently performed for his fans on the opening night of the broadway show, "A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical." He sang his most famous song "Sweet Caroline" as the audience cheered and applauded the singer.
Twitter user, Ben Philips, shared a clip of the performance with the caption: "I don’t know who needs to hear this but Neil Diamond, who retired from performing five years ago because of Parkinson's, just had a Broadway show of him open and it at the opening night he did this."
I don’t know who needs to hear this but Neil Diamond, who retired from performing five years ago because of Parkinsons, just had a Broadway show of him open and it at the opening night he did this pic.twitter.com/eJ02YUAzr5— Ben Phillips (@benphillips76) December 6, 2022
The musical, "A Beautiful Voice," is based on Diamond’s life and his successful musical career. Diamond has sold more than 130 million records worldwide and received honors like the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, Kennedy Centre Honours and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, according to The Australian Jewish News.
When he announced in 2018 that he will not be touring anymore after having been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, everyone was shocked. But that didn't mean he would stop singing and songwriting. "I'm working on new songs right now," he assured his fans. "I always have a scrap of paper or a pad around to jot down ideas. Then, when I have more time, I develop them. It’s part of my life," he had told Parade.
According to him, the quality of his voice hasn't changed much. The neurodegenerative disorder doesn't seem to have affected his voice as it did for Lisa Ronstadt. "In a strange way, I think I'm singing better than ever," Diamond said. "It's probably because I'm not on the road singing full-out and tearing up my voice. So it's in very good shape, which I didn't expect. I take my medication. I do my exercises and my workouts."