“If something gets thrown at you, just accept the challenge and do the best you can.” Read below for the inspirational story.
New York resident Laura Ruffino told WKBW that she became best friends with Elizabeth Diamond in fifth grade. “No matter where we were, we always had fun,” she said. In 2014, Diamond was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. The single mom of four daughters asked Ruffino if she would take her children if something happened, and Ruffino said she instantly said yes. “As she started to weaken, you can imagine the fears that I had for the girls and being without her,” Ruffino told the TV station.
After fighting the disease for months, Diamond passed away in April. Shortly after her death, Ruffino, her husband, Rico, and their two daughters welcomed Diamond’s girls into their home. Diamond’s daughters, Lily, Ella, Samona, and Tara, who range in age from 5 to 12. Elizabeth Diamond co-founded the Buffalo Wellness Center, a holistic nonprofit, and dedicated her life to helping others. A co-founder of the organization, Rebecca Joy Lesniak, set up an online fundraiser to help support the Ruffino family, and the family’s story soon spread throughout the web. Until now the center has raised $24,000.
As for the family, they’re adjusting as best as they can. “Ten years ago, I didn’t think this would be my life,” Rico Ruffino told WKBW. “But if something gets thrown at you, just accept the challenge and do the best you can.”