Ruffino Family Adopts All 4 of Elizabeth Diamond's Daughters

For: Laura and Rico Ruffino/Elizabeth Diamond Family
Buffalo, NY
Organizer: Rico Ruffino
$118,271
of $150,000 goal.
Raised by 1967 donors
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The Story

In April 2015, at age 40, Elizabeth Diamond passed away after battling cancer. Elizabeth was an author, motivational speaker, artist, and single mom who left behind 4 young girls:Tara, Samona, Ella, and Lilyan. Elizabeth friends, Laura and Rico Ruffino, have opened their hearts and their home to raise the girls. With Laura and Rico Ruffino having 2 beautiful young girls of their own, they now have a family of 8.

Friends of the families are asking for support in anyway you deem you can help. The Ruffino family are receiving no financial childĀ support to accommodate this quick expansion. The Ruffino family have always been the type of people to help others in need and now we are asking for help in their quest to provide an amazing life for the 6 daughters they now have.

They would like to turn their garage into 2 bedrooms to help give the girls more space. They have a space in the backyard dug out for an above ground swimming pool they were going to buy before they knew they would be taking the 4 girls in to live with them. It still sits waiting for the pool now that their priorities have had to change with accepting 4 more young ladies into their home.

The extra money we raise can go to everyday living expenses. Do not let the cute little bodies of their daughters trick you, these girls can eat! And the Ruffino family does their best to offer organic and nutritional nourishment to their daughters. The girls are growing so quickly and keeping them dressed, fed, and in their dance classes and such, anyone can imagine how this can create financial stress.

In addition to the above recommendations, we would love to see the family be able to get a new vehicle to support all 8 people in the household. The ability to ride to their events and everyday obligations together would be a huge blessing to the family.

If you know the Ruffino family, you know their bigĀ hearts and cherish their beautiful souls. To see their young daughters embrace the addition of 4 other young girls in their home and be so selfless is something you just have to see to believe. They have taught their daughters such a beautiful way to live their life from setting an example of always helping others and being ideal friends and family members.

Above all this family is doing EVERYTHING in their power to make the Diamond daughters feel loved and part of the family. It is the most beautiful thing we have ever seen. The marriage of both families is a true testament to humanity. The family has trouble asking for help because they have always been so self-sufficient, but it takes a village to raise a child.

Elizabeth Diamond devoted her life to helping others before she passed and was a proud board member of the Buffalo Wellness Center (www.buffalowellnesscenter.com). She helped others learn how to love their healthiest and happiest and was truly a selfless person. This is why Elizabeth chose the Ruffino family to raise her daughters in the event of her death. She knew they would learn more of the same life lessons Elizabeth treasured.

The Buffalo Wellness Center is a local non-profit who is dedicated to helping the Ruffino family live with less financial burden so they can focus on their love and life. If you have ANY questions on how you can help this beautiful family, we beg you to call 716-777-9639 (Kristen Cooper:President of the BWC) or simply email joy@buffalowellnesscenter.com.

We thank you for taking the time to read this fundraising story and can promise you any donation is appreciated and will be spent on helping this family be able to do what they love: live, laugh, love, and of course pay-it-forward!


Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 29, 2015 by Rico Ruffino
Hello everyone,

Thank you all for supporting my girls. Your love has been overwhelming. Below is the Inside Edition story that aired the other night.

http://www.insideedition.com/headlines/11203-kind-hearted-mom-adopts-kids-of-best-friend-who-died-of-brain-cancer

Thank you and God Bless,

Rico Ruffino

Posted on July 22, 2015 by Rico Ruffino
WOW! I can't believe the generosity you have all shown! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

The family is so excited and humbled at the success of this page!!!

My heart is so big right now and I truly love you all!

Love, Kristen President of the Buffalo Wellness Center www.buffalowellnesscenter.com

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