The unexpected friendship struck between the young Californian man and his 89-year-old neighbour grew into a bond that has changed both their lives.
In an act of kindness that allowed Norma Cook to afford the medical care she needs while living with leukaemia, the actor has asked his elderly neighbour to move in with him.
The friendship began soon after Chris Salvatore moved into his LA apartment four years ago and introduced himself to Norma – the woman living across the hall from him.
Chris learned that Norma had no family living nearby and soon became “the grandson she never had”, cooking meals with her and helping her run errands.
“I would help her cook meals, drive her to the doctors, banks, pharmacies and even just recently I got the amazing experience to accompany her to vote,” Chris said.
“We had such a blast these past few years filled with so much joy and laughter.”
However, it was when Norma’s health began to decline late last year that Chris proved what the woman had come to mean to him.