As grotesque as the general landscape is out there, it’s important to remember that not everyone is a craven opportunist hoping to misdirect people from their blackened hearts.
Case in point: Openly gay actor Chris Salvatore, who, apropos of nothing, has taken in his 89-year-old neighbor Norma Cook (and her cat Hermes.)
Norma is suffering from leukemia and pneumonia, and she moved into her friend’s home in late 2016.
What’s more, the 31-year-old Eating Out star has raised $50,000 towards her ongoing care.
If you’d like to pitch in, you can donate here.
These two have been friends for several years, and she’s even occasionally helped him cruise Grindr, as any good neighbor would.
Speaking to TODAY, Salvatore said:
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. 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.
Here’s an update recently posted to Salvatore’s Instagram:
We are reaching the 2 month mark since my neighbor Norma has come home from the hospital.
I am so happy to share that she is continuing to prove the doctors and nurses wrong by continuing to THRIVE!
To prolong the remaining funds to prevent her from having to be moved into a county facility, Norma and I have decided to move her into my apartment across the hall where she now has her own beautiful room and bathroom! She loves it!
I do most of my work at home so I am here most of the time to care for her so it only made sense to the both of us. She is my adopted grandmother and I am her grandson she never had. ?
We will still have caregivers coming in to care for her as well as her weekly hospice visits from the nurses and doctors. I just wanted to let you all know Norma loves reading your comments and I seriously think all the support and love is keeping her healthy. Now who wants to come to dinner?