Female adopts best friend'' s 4 children after death

ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW/CNN)– A household doubled in size after a female made good on a promise to a passing away buddy.

“She stated, ‘If anything ever takes place to me, I desire you to take my ladies,’ and I immediately said ‘OK,’ Laura Ruffino said, referring to her friend Elizabeth Diamond.

The two were lifelong friends.

“Liz and I satisfied in the fifth grade at a small Christian school in West Seneca,” Ruffino said. “No matter where we were we just had a good time.”

But in August of 2014, Diamond got a tragic diagnosis of phase 4 brain cancer.

“As she began to damage, you can envision the feelings and the fears that I had for the girls and being without her,” Ruffino stated.

A little less than a year after she was detected, Diamond, a mom of four, lost her battle with cancer. And in keeping her promise to her friend, Ruffino and her hubby Rico opened their hearts and their home, doubling the size of their household.

“Ten years ago, I didn’t believe this would be my life. However it is. If something gets thrown at you, just accept the obstacle and do the very best you can,” Rico Ruffino stated.

The Ruffinos say the entire household is tackling their new lifestyle head-on. Their 4 new additions, Lily, Ella, Samona and Tara – ages 5 to 12 – stay busy with activities and trips.

“When I kick back and I think about it … it’s hard to think about because it’s still shocking to me that this is a truly big thing, however to us it’s simply our life,” Laura Ruffino stated. With a bigger household, the Ruffinos have actually had to make some huge adjustments. They got a bigger kitchen area table and refrigerator through contributions, and will soon add more bedrooms and a location to show Diamond’s art work.

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