12/06/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Towson Students Honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Three sisters, all under the age of 10, sit together in a room and pray. They don't ask for new bikes, clothing or toys. The plea is short and simple: "Please don't take my mom."

One of the girls is nine-year-old Jennifer Garshell, now a senior elementary education major at Towson University. She and her two sisters, ages seven and one, try to wrap their heads around the concept that their mother is going to die. This has been Garshell's fear since her mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer when Garshell was four.

"[The hospice workers] say, 'You know your mom's dying,' and that was just the hardest words to ever accept," Garshell said. "Trying to explain that to a four-year-old was pretty difficult."


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