There may be a 58-year age difference between 31-year-old Chris Salvatore and his 89-year-old neighbor Norma Cook, but that hasn't stopped the pair from becoming the best of friends.
Salvatore met Cook when he moved to into a West Hollywood apartment complex four years ago, and two quickly became inseparable.
"We became best friends immediately," Salvatore told People. "She had a lot of gay friends growing up that unfortunately passed away during the AIDS epidemic and, being gay, that bonded us right away — we talk about fashion and food mostly."
Last year, doctors told Cook that she would be in need of 24/7 home care, and Salvatore immediately stepped up. Cook has leukemia and doctors told her she only has a few months to live, and Salvatore shared that he's determined to make her feel “so loved” each day.
“I love her, she’s my best friend. I would do anything for her,” he said. “I believe that human kindness is a magical thing and can heal what doctors can’t.”
“She has opted out of doing treatment for the cancer,” he explained. “So now it’s my job to make her feel comfortable and at peace and not lonely. I’m giving her a gift of passing on and being at peace and having a good time in her last few months.”
Salvatore has started a GoFundMe page to cover the costs of at-home care not covered by Cook's insurance, and the page has raised nearly $63,000 so far.
“She is all there in her head, she’s aware of death, she talks about it, she’s okay with it,” Salvatore shared of his friend. “She calls me the ‘grandson she never had,’ and we’re just trying to spend as much time together as we can.
“There’s good days and bad days, but we have each other.”
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