Once upon a time, there was a woman who fell ill and worried about what would happen to her children when she dies. Good thing she has a best friend since fifth grade who promised that she has nothing to worry when she reaches heaven as her little princesses will never be alone.
But the story is not actually a fairytale. Elizabeth Diamond, 40, was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer in August 2014, Bored Panda shared. Her best friend Laura Ruffino promised to adopt her children if anything bad happens to her.
“She said if anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls and I instantly said ok,” Laura Ruffino said, according to a report from WKBW. “As she started to weaken you can imagine the fears that I had for the girls and being without her.”
In April 2015, Diamond — who was an author, motivational speaker, and artist — passed away. A single mother, she left behind four young girls:Tara, Samona, Ella, and Lilyan. As posted in YouCaring, Laura, together with he husband Rico, fulfilled the promise and opened their hearts and home to raise the girls. With Laura and Rico Ruffino having two beautiful girls of their own, they now have a family of eight.
“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,” Rico shared.
Despite wholeheartedly accepting the children in their home, there are still a lot to consider in doubling a family. To raise money for them, a fundraising event will take place on Sunday, August 30, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church located at 146 Reserve Road in West Seneca.
Moreover, the YouCaring campaign created for the family has already raised more than $80,000.