Cancer makes everyone frightened. Nobody wants to think of the disease that can turn deadly in many cases. However, two families had no way of not thinking about it. When Elizabeth Diamond was diagnosed with stage-four brain cancer in August 2014, she immediately started thinking what would happen with her four daughters. The answer came in the form of her best friend since 5th grade. Laura Ruffino promised to adopt the girls together with her husband if something were to happen with Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Diamond was a single mother. It is not surprising that her greatest fears were what would happen to her children is she would die. The answer came in the form of a promise that would ultimately bind the two families together. “She said if anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls and I instantly said ok,” Laura Ruffino explained, recalling the events of August 2014 when Elizabeth was diagnosed with cancer. “As she started to weaken you can imagine the fears that I had for the girls and being without her.”
Unfortunately, less than one year later, those fears became reality. Elizabeth succumbed to brain cancer and died. Like she had promised, Laura Ruffino and her husband Rico instantly adopted the girls and brought them in their family. “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 said.
The family had doubled in number. Now, alongside their two daughters, the couple has four more. The change in lifestyle does not come without challenges. Many things had to be changed in order to accommodate the larger family. However, with help from the community and different fundraisers, Laura Ruffino managed to make things work in order to honor the promise made to her late friend. Do you know other such stories?
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