In 2014, Elizabeth Diamond -- a single mother of four girls -- was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. After processing the awful news, Diamond immediately started to worry about what would happen to her daughters after she passed away.
Unfortunately, she died at the age of 40 this past April, but she had nothing to worry about with her daughters. Her best friend -- Laura Ruffino -- along with a community of people strangers, have stepped up to help raise Diamond's four daughters.
"She said if anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls and I instantly said okay," Laura Ruffino told 7 Eyewitness News. The women had been friends for more than 30 years.
So in April, when Diamond passed, Ruffino and her husband Rico -- who have two daughters of their own -- adopted the four daughters who range in age between 5 and 12.
Rico Ruffino told WKBW-TV:
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While the Ruffino family was more than happy to take in the four little girls, the family has doubled in size, and the house is cramped.
Extra expenses have been a huge concern for the Ruffinos, but they aren't in it alone. The community has been providing love and support as they transition and adapt to their new family.
There will be a benefit for the Ruffinos in August in West Seneca, New York, and an online fundraising campaign was launched in an effort to provide additional assistance to the Ruffino family.
So far, more than $37,000 has been raised for the family.
See the video below for another touching adoption story:
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