Ask 31-year-old Hollywood actor Chris Salvatore about his best friend, and you’ll get an answer you never saw coming.
Chris and his 89-year-old neighbor, Norma Cook, have lived across the hall from each other for almost five years now.
“She called me the grandson she never had,” Chris said of his friendly but sassy neighbor with a stubborn streak. He considers Norma a grandmother.
The pair have developed a beautiful friendship, and are completely inseparable—especially now that they’re roommates.
Norma has leukemia and recently became gravely ill. She spent two months in the hospital battling pneumonia and breathing problems.
Following her hospital stay, doctors told Norma that she couldn’t return home to her West Hollywood apartment unless she had 24-hour care, which her insurance wouldn’t cover. Chris initially helped Norma with finding a caretaker, and setting up a Go Fund Me page (which raised more than $50,000), but the money was quickly exhausted.
Knowing that her days are numbered, Norma decided she wanted to spend the time she has left with her friend Chris. He invited her to move in, and the rest is history.
“She couldn’t be happier that I asked,” he said. “I was over there visiting most days anyway.”