It takes a village to raise a child, and that is certainly the case in Orchard Park, New York. According to The Huffington Post, when Elizabeth Diamond was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer in 2014, friend Laura Ruffino agreed to take in her four children if she were to lose her battle with cancer.
When Diamond passed away in April, Ruffino and her husband Rico made good on that promise. The Ruffinos, who already have two daughters, adopted Diamond’s four children, who range in age from five to 12.
Doubling the size of their family hasn’t been easy, Rico told WKBW-TV. “‘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,'” he said. But, their community has been nothing but supportive, setting up online fundraising campaigns for the family and even putting together a benefit to be held in West Seneca, New York in August, all to help the family tackle the expenses of raising now six children.
The online YouCaring campaign explains, “‘This family is doing EVERYTHING in their power to make the Diamond daughters feel loved and part of the family.'” So far, The Huffington Post reports that the community’s efforts have raked in $37,000.
Thank you, Ruffino family, for showing us all that true friendship is selfless.
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