Woman Adopts Dying Best Friend’s Children

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NEW YORK — This is what true friendship is all about. A New York woman made good on a promise and adopted her dying best friend’s four young children.

“She said, ‘If anything ever happens to me, I want you to take my girls’ and I instantly said, ‘Okay,’” Laura Ruffino told WKBW-TV.

And that’s exactly what Ruffino did when Elizabeth Diamond, her best friend since the fifth grade, passed away in April — eight months after being diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer.

She took in all four girls — ages 5 to 12 — doubling her family size.

As you can imagine, expenses are through the roof. But thanks to an online fundraising campaign, complete strangers are helping this family through a difficult time.

So far, nearly $70,000 has been raised. Click here if you’d like to donate.