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Mother Adopts BFF’s Four Daughters after Losing Battle Brain Cancer

Laura Ruffino and Elizabeth Diamond had been the best of friends since fifth grade. The two remained at each other’s side during rough times.

In August 2014, Elizabeth was diagnosed of stage four brain cancer. A single parent, Elizabeth was worried about her four daughter’s future if she  can’t survive the disease.

Bff Laura promised to take care of her daughters if anything were to happen to Elizabeth.

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“She said if anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls and I instantly said ok,” Laura said.

Sadly, Elizabeth lost her battle to cancer in April 2015.

Fulfilling her promise, Ruffino’s family of four including her, her husband, and two daughters, welcomed Elizabeth’s girls in their home.

To help the Ruffino-Diamond family cope with the expenses, the local community in Orchard Park in New York is raising funds for them. In fact, a YouCaring campaign has already raised more than $80,000 to help the family readjust.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Bored Panda

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,” Laura said.

Things to Consider Before Adopting a Child

Making the decision to adopt a child can be easy particularly for couples longing to have a child. In the US, such practice has become a popular choice given that more than 125,000 children are  being adopted in the country each year.

Yet there are a couple of things you should ask yourself before making the big move. Here are some of the things you should consider before adopting a child.

  1. Know your real motivation why you want to adopt a child.
  2. Recognize the commitments that go along with parenthood.
  3. Determine the type of adoption you prefer.
  4. Talk about your adoption plans to your family and friends.
  5. Plan on how you will talk to your child about his or her adoption.
  6. Familiarize yourself with support networks.

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