When you're the best of friends...
When you think of an unlikely friendship, who comes to mind?
Though it’s said that opposites attract, I think that, most of the time, similar people stick together, be it due to mutual interests, similar backgrounds, or shared aspirations.
That isn’t the case with Chris and Norma.
After she fell ill while battling leukemia, 89-year-old Norma Cook came to depend on her next door neighbor, 31-year-old actor and singer Chris Salvatore. But after the two hit it off, Chris decided to take it one step further, so he invited Norma—and her cat Hermes—to move in with him.
This is the story of their amazing friendship that will make even the closest of BFFs jealous.
Chris Salvatore isn’t exactly the kind of person you’d walk by on the street without noticing.
The tall, dark, and handsome actor is best known for his work in the cult LOGO original Eating Out franchise, as well as for starring in the off Broadway play Pieces in both Los Angeles and NYC. He’s also known for his popular YouTube page and online following.
But more recently, Chris is making headlines for a reason totally unrelated to his career as an actor and activist.
When Chris moved into his LA apartment four years ago, he would occasionally see the 85-year-old woman who lived across the hall, and they would exchange a wave or a quiet hello. But after a few weeks of living as neighbors, Chris decided to knock on her door and, as he calls it, “enter Norma’s world.”
Norma Cook was an independent yet lonely older woman dealing with a myriad health problems with no family in California. Despite her condition, she was practically on her own. That is, until Chris showed up at her door.
The unlikely pair became fast friends. She calls him “the grandson she never had,” and he lovingly refers to her as “friendly but sassy.” And now, years later, their bond is making headlines. In fact, here’s a picture of Norma reading about herself in the World Tribune. How’d they become such a sensation? It all started a few months ago.
Over the past four years, the duo has truly been the best of friends. They cook dinner together, and Chris drives her to the doctors and on other errands whenever she needs.
Last fall, however, after years of friendship, Norma’s health started catching up with her. Among numerous issues, Norma is battling leukemia, and she was committed to the hospital for two months last year with pneumonia and breathing problems. The doctors said she needed full-time care, and that it was highly unlikely she’d even make it past the holidays.
Chris turned to his social media following and started a GoFundMe to raise money for Norma’s care, saying:
“I am asking for anyone who has seen my postings on social media with Norma and has been touched by her love and her smile and yes, even her sassiness to help donate what they can. If you can’t I understand and would just ask you to share this with as many people as you can because I think the world just needs a little love and kindness right now and that is certainly true for my dear friend Norma. Norma has made me a kinder, more compassionate human being and this is least that I can do for her!”
But then he even took it one step further…