Chelsea Shock came home from school one Friday seven years ago to find her father, Mike, and mother, Betty — who was wearing pajamas — anxiously awaiting her arrival.
Something wasn't right.
"It was bizarre," said Chelsea, then an 11-year-old fifth-grader at St. Margaret's in Bel Air. "Something was going on. You could see it in their faces."
The Shocks sat Chelsea down and told her that Betty had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer commonly found in the lymph nodes, liver, spleen and bone marrow.
"It was scary," Chelsea said. "Being so young, I didn't understand it."