Woman to adopt dying best friend's children: 'We love each other & I love the kids'

FOX NEWS - An Illinois woman is giving one last gift to her dying best friend: legally adopting her children. When Sara Hankins learned she had a fatal neurological disease, her main concern was what would happen to her four kids after she passed away.

Her longtime friend Missy Armstrong has risen to the occasion. Armstrong is in the process of legally adopting three of Hankins' four children - ages 8, 9 and 11. She will also take in her oldest child, who is 18 years old.

"I thought, yeah, I can do this," Armstrong, who has two children of her own, told Today. "I love them, and I've known them their whole lives. I make a decent living. I have the support of her family."

Hankins was diagnosed was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig's disease, last year and is now in hospice care at her mother's house.