For Laura and Rico Ruffino, the decision to adopt wasn't what they always planned, but when tragedy struck, their plan quickly changed.
In April, Laura's best friend, Elizabeth Diamond, passed away from brain cancer, just eight months after receiving her initial diagnosis.
The Buffalo author and artist left behind four young daughters -- the youngest of them just 5 years old.
As a single mother, Diamond worried what would happen to her children when she passed.
But, the Ruffino family selflessly eased that worry by adopting all four children, despite already having two young girls of their own.
WKBW recently interviewed the couple about their decision to adopt their late friend's daughters.
When asked about the adoption, Rico Ruffino admitted,
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.
Fortunately, the Ruffinos aren't the only ones doing the best they can. In fact, their entire community banded together to help raise the four girls.
A YouCaring fundraising account for the Ruffino family already raised more than $14,000, and countless neighbors kindly donated necessary items to the family, including a refrigerator and a kitchen table large enough to accommodate the now eight-person family.