Family Adopts All 4 of Elizabeth Diamond's Daughters
Organized by: Barlow Benefit
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 child 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 big 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 . 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. 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!