Ruffino first met in fifth grade and had been best friends ever since.
Promising to take care of Diamond's daughters was a no-brainer for Ruffino, and
her husband, Rico, agreed as well.
health continued to decline until she ultimately lost her battle with brain
cancer in April 2015.
started to weaken, you can imagine the fears that I had for the girls and being
without her," Ruffino told 7 Eyewitness News.
combined Ruffino-Diamond family is diving right into their new life together
after doubling in size practically overnight. Lily, Elle, Samona and Tara, ages
ranging from five to 12, keep the Ruffinos busy.
"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," Rico Ruffino told 7 Eyewitness News.
The newly formed family is adjusting to its much larger size.
They have needed a bigger fridge and a bigger kitchen table, both of which were
donated. The Ruffinos are also looking to expand their house to have more bedrooms
for Diamond's daughters.