She Promised Her Best Friend If the Worst Happened She’d Take Them. When It Did, She Knew What to Do


Sometimes promises are made between best friends with neither of them expecting to have to follow through.

But following through is exactly what Laura Ruffino is doing on a promise she made to her lifelong best friend, Elizabeth Diamond.


Diamond, a single mother of four, knew that if she were to pass away, it would be Ruffino who would be best suited to care for her four daughters. Ruffino explained to ABC15:

“She said, ‘If anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls,’ and I instantly said okay.”

After meeting at their small Christian school in Buffalo, New York, the pair became and remained close through all of the obstacles of life.

The biggest obstacle of all came last August, when Diamond was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer.


Knowing that Diamond’s time was limited, Ruffino didn’t even hesitate when Diamond asked her to care for the girls. She told Good Morning America:

“I would always want someone to do that for me. Her kids and I were so close anyway, because she was my best friend. I wanted to give her peace. I can’t even imagine what she had to be going through.”

Unfortunately, Diamond succumbed to her illness in April and instantly Ruffino’s family instantly doubled in size.

In addition to Ruffino, her husband Rico, and their two girls aged twelve and thirteen, the Ruffino abode is now home to four more girls ages five, seven, eight, and twelve.


According to the New York Daily News, Ruffino’s daughters have graciously given up their rooms so that Diamond’s girls can be closer together. Slowly but surely, the whole family is adjusting.

“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,” Ruffino’s husband, Rico, told ABC15.

Despite the challenges that come with a growing family — and the added stress of Diamond’s ex-husband appearing in court to contest their permanent custody — the Ruffino’s are determined to make it work.

dAnd even though she is gone, Diamond will not soon be forgotten.

“She was non-judgmental. Liz was my person,” Ruffino told Good Morning America. “That person that you could be anyone in front of, would never judge you. Which I think is so rare in life to find.”

The Buffalo Wellness Center, where Diamond served as a board member, has set up a You Caring page in an effort to help the Ruffino’s with the added expenses that come with four additional children. Already, over $65,000 has been raised.