Cram Crew Gives Back: A Personal Note

On November 10, 2013 I was pretty emotional. I woke up early, bought an obscene amount of breakfast tacos, and drove to the University of Houston’s main campus to participate in Walk MS: Houston. There, I claimed a table and waited anxiously. Slowly, but surely, dozens of my Cram Crew family members joined me.

Shortly after I joined Cram Crew as a consultant, I was diagnosed with MS. Many people with MS decide not to disclose their diagnosis to employers for fear of alienation or termination. I didn’t hesitate to let Cram Crew know what was going on with me and they took it in stride, offering me support and understanding at every opportunity.

I am one of more than 22,000 people diagnosed with MS in Texas, and I consider myself very, very fortunate to be able to continue working a) in general and b) at a company that I love. When I signed up for the Walk MS event in late summer, I was undecided about whether or not I would ask my coworkers to join me. That indecision lasted about a day until I remembered that everyone at Cram Crew is more than a coworker: they are my family.

So, on that Sunday morning as my coworkers lined up around me at the Start Line, I was trying very hard not to cry. MS is a sucky disease, as is anyย disease, and while I walked with the intention and hope to end MS and find its cure, I also walked with the hope that everyone feels as lucky as I felt that day.

Thank you, Cram Crew. Thank you for proving that we are more than just coworkers and thank you for being there.

– Mai M.

  • Nicole

    Great writing and great story, Mai! Go Cram Fam!

  • M. Baak

    If this isn’t a testament to the Cram culture, I don’t know what is.

    Happy hearts. Thanks for sharing, Mai! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bobby Schragel

    This was so much fun! Thanks for inviting and letting me be a part of this great event.

  • Natalie

    Thank you for inviting us, Mai! So glad to be part of such an important event. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re here for you, lady!

  • Deepak Thadhani

    Mai – When you brought this opportunity to my attention, it was without any hesitation Cram Crew was going to support you and MS foundation.

  • Lara Richard

    I had so much fun at the MS Walk! Thank you for inviting me and putting up with Hugo and I’s Whataburger bets!

  • Brittney

    This is beautiful, Mai! I wish I could have been there!!

  • jake abueg

    Great job, Mai! Wish I could’ve been there!!