Riding for Those Who Can’t2 Jun, 2015 By: Jenna Stramaglio, MWA Intelligence, Inc.
Rolling Thunder means different things to different people. For most, it is synonymous with the warm heat of summer and low rolling claps of thunder before the storm breaks and rain begins to fall. For others, Rolling Thunder is attributed
to the deafening sound of over 1 million motorcycles descending on our nation’s capital bringing light to our MIA’s and KIA’s that we have lost throughout the decades. With the rumbling of motors echoing throughout the buildings and engines reverberating through each rider’s chest comes a somber silence that each rider respects and honors. They are all there for one reason - our country’s veterans – past and present.
A Worthy Cause
This year, Michael Stramaglio, President and CEO of MWA Intelligence, Inc., has a personal cause that he is carrying with him while on his trek across the country; and that is to raise awareness for the fight against cancer.
So many people have been touched by cancer, either directly or indirectly, and each story is unique and is an acute reminder of how short life is and how fragile it can be. Each story holds with it sadness or strength and through these losses and battles comes a desire to honor those we have lost and to fight for those who can’t.
Mike’s story with cancer is one that is deep and personal and fortunately, his wife, Maureen, not only survived but crushed her fight with cancer. Maureen was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) at the young age of 32, and was fighting for her life with two small children under the age of five. Her battle was riddled with numerous chemotherapy treatments, radiation, and failed bone marrow matching. With months left to live, Maureen was forced to say goodbye to her family. Through what Mike believes is the power of prayer, bone marrow was found in England that matched Maureen. She was saved.
Unfortunately, many are not as lucky as Mike and Maureen. Recently, the industry lost two very vibrant and radiant men: Robert Shields and Matt Marshall. Bobby was a life and friend to be reckoned with and always had a smile or a story to share. He lived his life boldly and with conviction, and his successes were visible with his legacy at Copytronics, as well as in his personal life. He is greatly missed. Also, Matt Marshall, who was planning on riding with Mike, lost his battle to cancer on March 9, 2015. Matt was far too young to lose his battle against cancer; and his light was so incredibly bright. He made friends across the globe and touched so many; he will be forever missed and may his memory live on in all of us.
Mike, however, is not making this ride alone. Along with him will be fellow riders: Gavin Williams, Chief Solutions Officer at MWA Intelligence, Inc., John Brostrom, Chief Operating Office at MWA Intelligence, Inc., and Andy Slawetsky, President of Industry Analysts. These men will begin their journey in Scottsdale, AZ at the MWAi headquarters and will ride over 2,000 miles across the country, and will finalize their ride in Washington DC. Along the way, they will be stopping at the following (mostly dealer) locations: Muratec in Dallas, TX., Milner in Atlanta, GA., Advance Office Systems in Knoxville, TN., Cobb Technologies in Richmond, VA., and Memphis Communications in Memphis, TN.
All proceeds from the ride will be dedicated to Bobby and Matt and their two charities: The Jimmy V Foundation (US) and the Hospice of St. Francis (UK). With a goal of $25,000 – MWAi, the dealers, and the OEM’s can make it happen – our industry can and will fight for those who can’t.
It is with great respect and gratitude that we would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their donations: Industry Analysts, Inc., Konica Minolta, Muratec, MWA Intelligence, Inc., Ricoh, Sharp, and Y Soft. Additionally, a thank you to all of the dealers for their support and donations: Centric, Datamax, Dell, Des Plaines Office Equipment, LDI, Modern Office Methods, Pacific Office Automation, ProCopy, ProSource, Solution One, and the Swensone Group.
If you would like more information regarding the Ride for Bobby or to make a donation, please visit: http://www.rideforbobby.mwaintel.com