She Promised Her Friend If the Worst Happened She'd Take Them. When It Did, She Followed Through

July 26, 2015

Elizabeth Diamond, a single mother of four girls, told her lifelong best friend Laura Ruffino, "If anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls."

Ruffino agreed, never expecting to have to follow through.

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But last August, Diamond was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer.

In April, Diamond succumbed to her illness and Ruffino kept her promise - her family instantly doubled in size.

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In addition to their own two girls aged twelve and thirteen, the Ruffino family is now home to four more girls ages five, seven, eight, and twelve.

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"Ten years ago I didn't think this would be my life. But if something gets thrown at you just accept the challenge and do the best you can," Ruffino's husband, Rico, told ABC15.

According to the New York Daily News, Ruffino's daughters have graciously given up their rooms so that Diamond's girls can be closer together.

The Buffalo Wellness Center, where Diamond served as a board member, has set up a You Caring page in an effort to help the Ruffinos with the added expenses that come with four additional children. Already, over $90,000 has been raised.

(h/t) IJReview.

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