Mother of two adopts her best friend’s four daughters after cancer tragedy

No child should experience the loss of her mother. In April, when sole parent Elizabeth Diamond lost her battle with cancer, she left her four girls without a mum. Now from this terrible loss comes a story of hope, grace, strength and support that demonstrates the power of true friendship.

Friendship knows no limits and no one demonstrates this point quite as pertinently as Laura Ruffino. Friends since primary school, Laura and Elizabeth had been through a lot together over the years. But nothing could prepare them for the news they received in August 2014 that Elizabeth had late stage brain cancer.


The two friends, who both live in the United States, stuck together through Elizabeth’s cancer battle, right until her death in April. Laura, her husband Rico and their own two daughters opened their home and, of course, their hearts to Elizabeth’s four girls, Lilyan, Ella, Samona and Tara. Now the new family of eight are preparing for a new life together.

And the world has stepped in to give them the helping hand this incredible family deserves.

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The Buffalo Wellness Centre, of which Elizabeth was a member, has set up a page to raise money for the family. Incredibly, the goal of $100,000 to pay for the extra living expenses, has almost been reached in just four days.

At $92,000 raised, friends, family members and strangers from around the world have donated and the Ruffinos are overwhelmed with gratitude.

Kristen Cooper, who started the YouCaring page, explains, “This family is doing everything in their power to make the Diamond daughters feel loved and part of the family. It is the most beautiful thing we have ever seen.”


Although the Ruffinos do not have the space or funds for four extra growing girls, this hasn’t deterred them. The family have plans to expand the garage to make room for the sisters and are hoping to purchase a new car to fit everyone.


We wish the new Ruffino-Diamond clan all the very best as they help the girls heal from the sad loss of their much-loved mum (pictured above with her daughters, who are aged between five and 12). What a wonderful and lasting testament to the bonds of friendship.

(via Courier Mail, images via YouCaring)

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