Almost two years ago, the world lost a beautiful soul way too soon. On August 1oth 2014, at the young age of 28, Crystal lost her battle to cancer. Not a day goes by where I am not positively affected by the impact Crystal had on my life.
During my freshman and sophomore years of high school, I had the privilege of not only working for one of the greatest nonprofits I have come across to date but also one of the best bosses. What made Crystal such a great boss was the way she positively impacted the lives of countless individuals. Myself included. She was a friend first and a boss second. It was because of this that everyone around Crystal felt that she was more of a friend than she was a coworker or boss.
I had the opportunity to work under Crystal for about a year. It was a volunteer job done completely online, so my interaction with Crystal was through email and the google hangouts the team would have every once in a while. Just through her emails alone, Crystal was able to spread so much positivity. It was even more evident during the google hangouts. Crystal was the warmest most positive person you would ever meet.
During the summer of 2013, I had the opportunity to be an office intern for the same nonprofit organization where I had been working under Crystal. This internship will forever be one of my favorite memories, and I owe that all to Crystal. After so many emails back and forth and so many google hangouts, I was finally meeting Crystal in person. Not only did I get to meet Crystal, I was working in the same office as her. Meaning my days were always full of positivity and love thanks to Crystal.
I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news of Crystal’s passing. I was sitting at the desk in my bedroom on my laptop. When I opened facebook, I saw a message from a friend I had met while working under Crystal. As I learned the news I began to cry. But I knew that Crystal’s passing did not mean the end of her legacy.
In that day and that moment I had made a promise to myself to continue Crystal’s legacy. I would try my best to spread warmth and positivity to everyone around me. Just like Crystal had done for me and so many others.
Crystal’s passing was particularly tough for me. Not just because she was such a positive person, and not only because she was more a friend than a boss to everyone. But because I, like many others around Crystal, did not even know she had Cancer. That’s how amazing of a person Crystal was. Through all her battles, she managed to put others before herself.
Thanks to Crystal, I now make it my mission to be my best self, so I can have a positive impact on everyone around me. I know I will never be able to live up to the standard that Crystal had in her everyday life, but I try my best.
Thank you so much Crystal for the amazing impact you have had on my life. Thank you so much for being such an incredible human being. I will continue to carry on the values I have learned from you as best as I can. Your memory lives on through all the lives that you touched. We will never forget you.