When Elizabeth Diamond was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer in August 2014,the single mom was deeply concerned about what might happen to her four young daughters if she died.However, her girls won’t be left without a family because Diamond’s best friend Laura Ruffino, whom she had known since 5th grade, promised to take her kids if anything happened to her.
And now Laura is making the promise happen.
When Diamond passed away in April 2015, Ruffino fulfilled her promise,doubling the size of her family. She and her husband stepped up and took all four of Diamond’s daughters in.
The Ruffinos have done everything they can to make the girls feel welcome!The family has run out of space, but doubled in love.
“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, Ruffino’s husband, said.
The family is experiencing plenty of changes, but are trying the best they can to make it all work.
The sudden doubling of the Ruffino family has not been easy. Their home is cramped, and the added expenses have been considerable.But they have plans to convert their garage into two bedrooms, and had to add a bigger kitchen table and a bigger fridge.
Fortunately, the Ruffinos aren’t in this alone. Even the local community has pitched in to help out, providing support to the family as they adapt to their new reality.
A YouCaring online fundraising campaign has already raised more than $80,000 to give the Ruffinos additional assistance.