Ruffino-Diamond Adoption Story

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Raised by 432 people in 36 months
Ruffino Family Adopts All 4 of Elizabeth Diamond's Daughters









I thank you for taking the time to read this story as it is very near and dear to my heart. My name is Kristen Cooper (President of the Buffalo Wellness Center) and I am hoping by creating this page we can gather support to help the Ruffino family with the cost they have accured by adopting all 4 of our deceased friend's daughters (Elizabeth Diamond).

Elizabeth was my friend, mentor, and fellow board member of the Buffalo Wellness Center ( www.buffalowellnesscenter.com). Her mission was to help inspire others become healthy: body, mind, and spirit. Elizabeth Diamond was so selfless, helping others cope with illness at the Buffalo Wellness Center, even when she was in the fight for her life when diagnosed with cancer herself. She gave until her last breath.

Elizabeth has 4 beautiful daughters and their father abandoned the family years ago sadly. Elizabeth told me she was going to ask Laura Ruffino, her childhood friend, to adopt the girls if she couldn’t win her war with cancer. Elizabeth felt like Laura and her family had the values and heart to make the best life for her daughters. Elizabeth asked Laura, and she agreed to raise the girls in Liz's absence. With the father of the daughter's absent in their life, this was the best scenario for Elizabeth and brought her comfort in her last days knowing her daughters will be loved and raised in a structured home with 2 loving parents.

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 any way you deem you can help. The Ruffino family has 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 daughter’s 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.

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.

As a friend of Elizabeth Diamond's and the Ruffino family, I am begging you to give what you can to help this incredibly motivational family. We have done other fundraisers; however we need more help. This family has kept them in all of their dancing, gymnastics, modeling, and other extra-curricular activities to help keep the girl's life as normal as possible. This is a responsible family who does not waste money; all funds are going to help make bedrooms for the children, food, college expenses, medical expenses, and so on. Please know the money they have raised thus far, is still not enough to help with their housing renovation to accommodate the large family now. This was a financially secure family until they took on 4 young girls, and now they need our help.

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 email us at kcooper@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!

With Love & Hope,
Kristen
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Happy holidays!! Please keep sharing the story of true friendship and love.
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As for anyone worried about survivor benefits, I assure you those are so minimal because of what Elizabeth's ex-husband owes the government. There would be no fundraising efforts if we didn't deem it a necessity.

Elizabeth's children do not even know their father because he left years ago He recently has tried to resurface; most likely because he sees The girls have been on many TV shows and sees a monetary reward possible by becoming really involved in their lives

Please do not assume the family is trying to do anything to harm the children or scam money from the public. They were very close to Elizabeth and the girls and understand the needs of the family.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions. I would like to try to keep this campaign positive and free from negativity. The family had been through enough. It hasn't even been a year since their mom passed. The kids get upset when people post on s topic they know nothing of.

Kris
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Wow! I sat with the family last week and they were so ecstatic from you're beautiful support and comments. I assure you any funds raised will be handled responsibly. as I've mentioned before this family is and always has been self-sufficient until they had to take in 4 more daughters They have never asked for thing And the fundraising efforts are from their friends and family understanding they need more support! All of the kids are in extracurricular activities and the parents have made such a beautiful transition for the children. I cannot wait for them to have some extra space with the small addition they are creating They are losing their garage space in order to make a couple small bedrooms Happy holidays and thank you!!
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Please share this go fund me link on your social media pages and make a great holiday for this family! XOXO
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Bernadine De Mike
25 months ago
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I would like to offer dance scholarships for all 6 girls. Royale Dance Academy, Orchard Park - Russian ballet, tap, musical theater. 930 7100

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Jamie Topping
36 months ago
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Becca Davis....what is so sad is that this father has been a NON ENTITY in these girls lives, per the article that you provided, the youngest doesn't even know who he is. He doesn't deserve these children. That being said you obviously have NO idea what it costs to raise a family this large. Quit being a troll and a trouble maker and move on. You are absolutely pathetic. I wish this family nothing but the best and I hope they get everything they need an deserve!!!

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Cattrina LaSala
36 months ago

I cannot even begin to imagine the funds needed to raise six children.So what if there are other sites raising money for this family; They will need all of the support that they can get. If the girl's mother had the faith to entrust her babies to her best friend ,then her last wish should be honored-and looking at the beaming faces of her beautiful girls, it's obvious that there is a strong bond of love in this beautiful,expanded family. If there are any red flags in this story, it is that an absentee father should suddenly materialize and insist on raising his children.I don't understand why anyone would go onto a fundraiser and try to plant seeds of doubt and negativity. Haven't these people been through enough with the loss of their mother and friend.If you don't want to donate,then don't donate,but please do not leave insensitive and hurtful remarks.

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Tina Gibson
36 months ago

Idk anything about "survivor benefits" but being a parent of an adopted child the family should receive benefits thru their state for each child until they turn 18.. Any parent knows that kids require so much more support today than years ago.. Raising your own kids isn't easy & I commend this family for stepping up & taking ALL the girls in unconditionally.. God Bless your "new" family & hugzzz for all of you.. :)

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Gail Anderson
36 months ago

god bless you all I have been fighting cancer for 5 years and blessed

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Mitchell Farina
16 months ago

Just wanted to help touched my heart nice family

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Storm Stonestreet
17 months ago

It's a very honorable thing to take on four new members to your family

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18 months ago
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21 months ago
Bernadine De Mike
25 months ago
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I would like to offer dance scholarships for all 6 girls. Royale Dance Academy, Orchard Park - Russian ballet, tap, musical theater. 930 7100

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Jamie Topping
36 months ago
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Becca Davis....what is so sad is that this father has been a NON ENTITY in these girls lives, per the article that you provided, the youngest doesn't even know who he is. He doesn't deserve these children. That being said you obviously have NO idea what it costs to raise a family this large. Quit being a troll and a trouble maker and move on. You are absolutely pathetic. I wish this family nothing but the best and I hope they get everything they need an deserve!!!

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Cattrina LaSala
36 months ago

I cannot even begin to imagine the funds needed to raise six children.So what if there are other sites raising money for this family; They will need all of the support that they can get. If the girl's mother had the faith to entrust her babies to her best friend ,then her last wish should be honored-and looking at the beaming faces of her beautiful girls, it's obvious that there is a strong bond of love in this beautiful,expanded family. If there are any red flags in this story, it is that an absentee father should suddenly materialize and insist on raising his children.I don't understand why anyone would go onto a fundraiser and try to plant seeds of doubt and negativity. Haven't these people been through enough with the loss of their mother and friend.If you don't want to donate,then don't donate,but please do not leave insensitive and hurtful remarks.

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Tina Gibson
36 months ago

Idk anything about "survivor benefits" but being a parent of an adopted child the family should receive benefits thru their state for each child until they turn 18.. Any parent knows that kids require so much more support today than years ago.. Raising your own kids isn't easy & I commend this family for stepping up & taking ALL the girls in unconditionally.. God Bless your "new" family & hugzzz for all of you.. :)

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Gail Anderson
36 months ago

god bless you all I have been fighting cancer for 5 years and blessed

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