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Now Here's a Friendship for the Ages

Two moms' lasting friendship is sure to bring you to tears. Two families brought together by tragedy are trying to move forward with their lives.

Elizabeth Diamond was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer in August 2014. Concerned for her four daughters' welfare, she extracted a promise from her best friend.

"She said if anything ever happens to me, I want you to take my girls and I instantly said ok," Laura Ruffino told 7 Eyewitness News in Orchard Park, New York.

Diamond and 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.

Diamond's health continued to decline until she ultimately lost her battle with brain cancer in April 2015.

"As she started to weaken, you can imagine the fears that I had for the girls and being without her," Ruffino told 7 Eyewitness News.

The newly 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.

The family is accepting donations here.

Image via YouCaring

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