Everyday Heroes

Hollywood Actor Invites Sick, 89-Year-Old Neighbor To Move In

Chris Salvatore just became our new hero (and heartthrob).

Sometimes, you find proof that there is still good in the world. And today, that proof is actor Chris Salvatore who invited his sick, elderly neighbor to move in with him when she had nowhere else to go.

The story begins with an apartment complex in West Hollywood, California. Norma Cook has lived there for close to 30 years, and when Salvatore became her neighbor, the two developed an instant bond. That was five years ago.

Now, Norma, who is 89, is battling leukemia. She was recently in the hospital after a bout of pneumonia and other breathing problems. After being released from the hospital, doctors told Norma she couldn’t stay in her apartment unless she had round-the-clock care. This wasn’t covered by her insurance, so Salvatore set up a GoFundMe page that raised more than $50,000 for Cook.

Finding caretakers was an expensive task, and the GoFundMe funds didn’t carry the pair far. So in the end, Salvatore invited Norma to move right in.

“She couldn’t be happier that I asked,” Salvatore told TODAY in an interview. “I was over there visiting most days anyway. The only other option was for her to go into a facility. I just couldn’t do that to someone who is like my own grandmother.”

The pair live together happily, drinking champagne (Norma’s favorite), eating peanuts, and playing with Salvatore’s cat, Hermes.

“The nurses and doctors told her that it would be a miracle if she lived past the holidays, so the fact that she’s still thriving is just a really great thing,” Salvatore continued in his interview with TODAY. “She’s doing great. If you could see her right now, she looks so cute on the couch with her feet propped up. She just hangs out on my couch and watches TV.”

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Since Norma is childless and doesn’t have any close family in California, Salvatore has become her de-facto grandson.

“Moving her in… it feels as though it was meant to be all along,” Salvatore said to TODAY. “It’s really fulfilling to be there for her.”

And the feeling is mutual—Norma loves living with Salvatore.

“He’s a really wonderful guy.”

We have to agree.