There is nothing more saddening to hear than a young single mother succumbing to a long term illness. Leaving her four daughters without a parent, Elizabeth Diamond was diagnoses with stage-four brain cancer back in 2014. Knowing that things did not look good, she was given relief when her best friend Laura Ruffino told her that she would take care of her four daughters in the event of the worst case scenario. Sadly that came to fruition in April of this year, yet Ruffino kept her promise and adopted all four of her long time best friend’s children. What is more impressive is the fact that Ruffino has two children of their own with her husband, yet did not hesitate to take on the big responsibility of doubling the size of her family to honour her best friend. The community where she stays in orchard Park, New York has pitched in together to help the transient for the family. A campaign has also raised more than $80,000 for the family too.
Laura Ruffino promised to adopt her best friend’s daughters if she died of brain cancer
Unfortunately, Eleizabeth Diamond passed away in April 2015, leaving behind her 4 wonderful girls
Luckily, they’ve been adopted by the Ruffino-Diamond family, which has now doubled in size!
“She said if anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls and I instantly said ok”
“As she started to weaken you can imagine the fears that I had for the girls and being without her.”
“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”
The Ruffinos have done everything they can to make the girls feel welcome!
Diamond was a caring soul, writing books about wellness and founding a non-profit wellness center
Even the local community has pitched in to help out
A YouCaring campaign has already raised more than $80,000 to help them adjust to a family that’s twice as big!