Woman Adopts Dying Friend's 4 Daughters

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What would you say if your best friend said, "I'm dying, would you adopt my four kids?" That's the very question Laura Ruffino faced when Elizabeth Diamond -- a single mom whom Ruffino had known since fifth grade -- came down with brain cancer ... and lost her battle.


"She said if anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls and I instantly said okay," Ruffino told the press. Diagnosed with stage four brain cancer in August 2014, Diamond died in April of this year. And Ruffino made good on her promise. She adopted Lily, Ella, Samona, and Tara -- ages 5 to 12 -- and doubled the size of her family.

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It's a truly beautiful thing and even though it was financially tight, they did it. (The family has set up a fund-raising page to defray the costs of the renovations and other changes required to house, feed, and all in all care for these four girls.)

I admire this couple's decision to step up to the plate. As Laura's husband put it, "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."

Learn more about this heart-wrenching story in the video below.



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