ARTICLE: Babson Thought & Action

A Cancer Diagnosis Launches an Entrepreneurial Journey:

Elissa Kalver ’09 knows one thing for sure: She doesn’t need any more blankets.

In July of last year, at the age of 34 and only days away from her daughter’s first birthday, Kalver was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. That was shocking news, and family and friends immediately flooded her with offers of support. “What can I do?” they asked. “How can I help? What do you need?”

Their concern was touching. It also was overwhelming. Kalver couldn’t think of what to tell them. “It created an unintentional burden on me,” she says. “I had never been through this before. I had no idea how they could help.”

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