Hollywood Actor Invites Elderly Neighbour To Live Out Final Days With Him

A Hollywood actor, 31, and his 89-year-old neighbour are inspiring the internet after he invited her to spend her final days with him.

Chris Salvatore met Norma Cook when he moved across the hall from her apartment four years ago, and the two quickly formed a close bond.

Cook has refused treatment for leukemia and over the past year her health has declined. As she has no family in the state, Salvatore has recently invited her to move into his apartment so she wouldn't be forced to live in a county nursing home.

"I'm giving her a gift of passing on and being at peace and having a good time in her last few months," Salvatore told People.

Salvatore says his neighbour would often wave to him from her kitchen window, and eventually he decided to walk over to introduce himself by knocking on her door.

Cook now calls Salvatore "the grandson [she] never had".

"The day I entered her apartment and spoke with her face-to-face was the day my life was changed forever," Salvatore said.

She was also struggling to make ends meet, with most of her Social Security check going towards rent each month, so Salvatore helped Norma out by driving her to the doctors, the bank and the pharmacy.

He would regularly post pictures with Norma, under the hashtag #MyNeighborNorma, which gained an online following.

Over the last eight months months Norma's health has declined and she has been hospitalised a number of times.

Salvatore set up a Go Fund Me campaign to pay for Norma's home care, raising more than $30,000 in the first 23 hours. And on Thanksgiving, he surprised her at hospital by presenting her with the cheque.

"Norma's last wish is to be at home with her cat Hermes as she transitions into the next life," Salvatore wrote on the funding page.

"She has been there for me so much these last past years just as much as I have been there for her and I feel that it is my duty to be able to give her this gift to live her last moments at home with 24 hour professional care."

When Norma was released from the hospital, she moved back into her apartment. But the two soon realised that they could save money if she lived with Salvatore full time, so he invited her to move in.

When Salvatore is out working as an actor, caregivers are there for Norma. The rest of the funds are being used for medical bills.

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James Dawson

James Dawson is a Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.

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