Legendary singer, songwriter and performer, Neil Diamond’s recent announcement of his retirement from touring due to his recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease has come a shock to many.
According to his press release, the disease has made it difficult for Mr. Diamond to travel and perform on a large-scale basis, but will allow him to continue his writing, recording and development of new projects. Based on his doctors’ advice, the third leg of Mr. Diamond’s 50th Anniversary tour, set to land in Australia and New Zealand this March, has been cancelled.
Mr. Diamond’s extensive fan base across Australia and New Zealand reacted with both sympathy and shock. Many have decided to donate their ticket refunds to Parkinson’s research in his honour. His wife, Katie Diamond has expressed her gratitude saying, “her heart was full of joy to see this silver lining; faith in humanity restored”.
Mr David Veness, Chairman of the Parkinson’s NSW Board, explains that Parkinson’s NSW provides an information line if you or anyone you know is experiencing signs or symptoms of Parkinson’s. Please call our toll free number 1800 644 189. Additionally we have support groups throughout NSW including our regional areas, that you are welcome to attend. Our InfoLine can give you details.
If you are thinking of donating your ticket refund in Neil Diamond’s name to Parkinson’s NSW please donate below or call us on 1800 644 189