18 Times Hollywood Gave Us Hope for Humanity
WHEN ED SHEERAN VISITED HIS BIGGEST FAN IN THE HOSPITAL
Sheeran gave a 9-year-old fan named Melody Driscoll the surprise of a lifetime when he visited her at Epsom Hospital in Surrey, England. Melody, who suffers from a neurological disorder that most children don't survive past age 4, is Sheeran's biggest fan. After a social media campaign, Sheeran's manager contacted Melody's mom, Karina, to arrange the magical meet-up. Melody didn't even believe it was actually him until he started singing. "Then when he was singing to her, that was it she knew he was the real deal and was the happiest I have ever, ever seen her in her entire life," Karina tells PEOPLE.
WHEN THE ROCK STOPPED HIS TRUCK TO MEET A FAN WITH CANCER
While driving home from the gym on Easter, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson noticed a group of fans running after him. "I hop out of my truck and this kid runs up to me, hugs the hell outta me and says it's been his life's dream to meet me and tell me how much I've inspired him to fight cancer (Hodgkin's lymphoma) and hardcore chemo and stem cell transplant treatments," he wrote on Instagram. "I told him what it meant to me to hear this story. I thanked him, hugged him (and his friends), got back in my truck and drove away. As I'm drivin', I start shaking my head (and tearing up) at how fragile life is and how amazing and cool the universe was to make this meeting happen between myself and this special kid Nick Miller."
WHEN JUSTIN CRASHED PROM
Hear that ringing in your ears? Yeah, that's the aftermath of the collective screams that rang through the halls of Chatsworth Charter High School, where Bieber crashed a prom in 2015. "Always wanted to go to prom. Thanks for having me," he Tweeted after dancing the night away/making teen dreams come true.
WHEN THE FOO FIGHTERS TOOK A BREAK FROM THEIR SHOW TO GIVE A BLIND MAN A GIFT
It was a heartwarming intermission at the Foo Fighters's February 2015 show in Sydney, where lead singer Dave Grohl noticed a fan with a message for the band. "There's a guy in the front row. He's got a sign that says, 'Drumstick for a blind guy please?'" He then grabbed a stick from drummer Taylor Hawkins and handed it to the fan – the crowd went wild.
WHEN EMINEM GRANTED THIS TERMINALLY ILL FAN'S WISH
It had been a while since Gage Garmo's family saw him smile, which made it even more special when the then-17-year-old – who had a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer – met his idol in January 2015. "It was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen," said Ingrid Todt, who works with The Rainbow Connection, the charity that organized the meeting. A day after their meeting, Garmo died. Added Todt: "The stars aligned, and Gage's wish came true."
WHEN DOLLY DUETTED WITH A FAN WHO HAS DOWN SYNDROME
Meet your new favorite musical duo: Parton sweetly collaborated with 12-year-old Gage Blackwell during a March 2015 visit to her Dollywood theme park. "There are truly no words to explain how much it meant to Gage, myself and my family for him to get to meet Dolly in person," his mother, Lynnae Blackwell, told Today. "Gage loves country music, and for him to get to sit with and sing with someone he idolizes like Dolly was just heartwarming."
WHEN RDJ GAVE A LITTLE BOY A BIONIC ARM – AS IRON MAN
RDJ's latest good deed is even more heartwarming than the first. He presented a prosthetic "bionic" limb (Tony Stark-approved, of course!) to 7-year-old Alex Pring, who was born with a partially developed right arm. The best part of the whole thing? The actor was in character as Iron Man throughout the entire encounter.
WHEN CHRIS PRATT DID ROUNDS AT A CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Oh, to be a fly on the wall when the guardian of the galaxy became the guardian of the kiddie wing. Pratt visited the Children's Hospital of Orange County in Southern California in January 2015, bringing toys (and maybe superpowers?) to the young patients. One little fan even painted a picture for the star, which he posted on Facebook. So much better than a selfie.
WHEN TAYLOR SANG WITH THIS 6-YEAR-OLD
We are never, ever, ever getting … over Swift duetting with Jordan Lee Nickerson, a little fan suffering from Williams syndrome and leukemia. "I love singing songs for people, but I want to sing a song for you more than all the other people," the star told him during her visit this past summer to Boston Children's Hospital, where they rocked out to "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
WHEN RDJ COMFORTED THIS UNIMPRESSED CHILD
Super-fan Jaxson Denno, 1½ years old, couldn't wait to meet Iron Man. Only problem: When the superhero's alter ego, Robert Downey Jr., showed up for their June 2013 encounter, he was in plainclothes. Tears ensued, but when Downey opened his mouth, the toddler quickly recovered. "He was fine as soon as he talked to him," said Jaxson's mom, proving the actor has one real-life superpower: unstoppable charm.
WHEN OPRAH SOLD HER STUFF FOR CHARITY
How much would you pay for a teapot if you knew Oprah Winfrey had used it to brew her Earl Grey? The TV star's epic November 2013 garage sale sent the prices of the most mundane household objects skyrocketing. And as you've probably already guessed, she didn't pocket the cash; all $600,000 went to benefit her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
WHEN ANDREW SHOT HOOPS AS SPIDEY
WHEN GARTH GAVE HIS GUITAR TO A SPECIAL FAN
Teresa Shaw, a mom who's been battling stage 3 breast cancer since June, caught Brooks's attention during a November concert when she stood in front of the stage with a sign that read "Chemo this morning. Garth tonight. Enjoying 'The Dance.'" The country singer, who lost both his mother and sister to cancer, then began to serenade Shaw with his iconic hit, and after the song ended, he traded his guitar for her sign.
WHEN AARON RAISED $1.8 MILLION TO STOP BULLIES
WHEN ANNE & ADAM ONE-UPPED THE PAPARAZZI
WHEN DEMI ACCEPTED A 5-YEAR-OLD'S PROPOSAL
WHEN PRINCE HARRY PLAYED BALL WITH THIS BOY
WHEN KEITH & NICOLE SANG AN 'AMAZING' DUET
There was an extra reason to applaud when Urban came together with wife Kidman to sing "Amazing Grace" in June. The power couple were visiting the Monash Children's Hospital in Clayton, Australia, where the staff later thanked them "for lifting up the spirits of some of our most deserving patients, families and staff."