They say you can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends. In the case of two New York state families the two words have become eternally intertwined.
“She said if anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls and I instantly said ok,” Laura Ruffino said to WKBW — and Ruffino followed through on her word.
Elizabeth Diamond, Ruffino’s best friend since the 5th grade, was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer in August of last year. The difficult conversations that took place between the two women after Elizabeth’s diagnoses led to the promise that would eventually double the Ruffino family in size after Elizabeth’s death.
“As she started to weaken you can imagine the fears that I had for the girls and being without her,” says Ruffino.
Sadly, Eizabeth lost her battle with cancer in April of 2015. Immediately after, Laura and her husband Rico stepped in and opened their home and hearts up to her friend’s four daughters, Lily, Ella, Samona and Tara.
A YouCaring page has been set up to help the Ruffino family undergo the financial stress of adding four young girls to their household.
“Elizabeth was an author, motivational speaker, artist, and single mom,” says the page. “[She] devoted her life to helping others before she passed and was a proud board member of the Buffalo Wellness Center… She helped others learn how to love their healthiest and happiest and was truly a selfless person.”
We wish the Ruffino family the best of luck as their family becomes one and heals together.
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“She said if anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls, and I instantly said OK.”