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Woman Adopts Best Friend’s 4 Children After She Dies Of Cancer

Thu, July 23, 2015 1:44pm EDT by 3 Comments
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One woman is proving that true friendships can stand the test of time. A mother-of-two has fulfilled her best friend’s dying wish — she adopted her friend’s four young children. So amazing!

Single mother-of-four, Elizabeth Diamond, 40, passed away in April 2015 after battling brain cancer, but thankfully her best friend made sure her children would be cared for. Laura Ruffino and her husband Rico, stepped up to the plate and have adopted Elizabeth’s children. How wonderful!

It started out as a promise and has taken the internet by storm. Laura and her best friend’s relationship was taken to a whole new level when Elizabeth was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. Right away, Elizabeth thought about what would happen to her four children. That’s when she turned to her bestie Laura for help.

“She said if anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls and I instantly said ok,” Laura told ABC News. She kept her promised and has adopted Elizabeth’s four daughters. Laura’s husband Rico told the outlet, “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.” How amazing!

The four new additions to the Ruffino house are — Lily, Ella, Samona and Tara, who range in age from 5 to 12. So, you can imagine that their home is a bit cramped, and the added expenses have skyrocketed. Thankfully. the family’s loving community have reportedly been rallying around them. In August, there will be a benefit held for the Ruffinos in West Seneca, New York.

That’s not all. There is an online fundraiser also set up to help the family. “Above all this family is doing EVERYTHING in their power to make the Diamond daughters feel loved and part of the family. It is the most beautiful thing we have ever seen,” the statement reads. “The marriage of both families is a true testament to humanity. The family has trouble asking for help because they have always been so self-sufficient, but it takes a village to raise a child.”

If you would like to help but can’t quite make it out to West Seneca, you can donate to the Ruffino family here!

— Brittany King