Tim Moye and Ron Finch
Tim Moye (TM): Jason Thomas Moye was my youngest son. When he passed away he was 25 years old. At that moment my life was changed forever. I lost my golf partner, my best friend, confidant. It was tough.
Ron Finch (RF): My son was born with a medical condition that we didn't know about, and he lived 11 days. We referred to him as "Little Ron." And, you know, I miss him every day.
TM: I'd been back to work a couple years after Jason passed away, and I walked around in a fog. You know, I didn't know where I was going to be from day to day emotionally and mentally. And I met a guy named Kent Bishop who had lost his son four months after I'd lost Jason. And we talked. Anyone listening to this conversation, they can't see that I'm a shaved-head goatee kind of guy. Put a leather vest on me, I could be a biker. Kent Bishop looked the exact same way, only he's much more burly. So imagine these two guys standing between the hangers telling each other about their kids passing away, crying, hugging, snotting on each other [LAUGHTER]. When I went back to my office I just felt this relief, you know, that I had talked to somebody that knew where I'd been, had experienced what I'd experienced. That night on my ride home "Wrenched Hearts" kind of came to me that that's going to be my purpose. That's what we need to do as a company. So I reached out to a few people that I knew had lost kids, and I says, "What do you think of this idea?"
RF: I believe that was one of the biggest turning points in my life is actually telling you, "I want to be a part of this."
TM: Yeah. You remember the first meeting?
TM: I held it on February 5th, 2013. So February 5th, 2011 is when Jason passed away. So it's kind of an anniversary day for me.
TM: So that day 12 people showed up for our first meeting...
TM: ...and then a year later we had 35 people just in Tech Ops coming on a monthly basis to a meeting to talk to each other.
TM: Once that became so successful, we reached out to Mike Campbell, who was the executive vice president of HR at the time, and kind of gave him our idea of what we thought the company should do for all the employees. Mike Campbell never even blinked; he said, "Let's go."
RF: My son died sixteen years ago. And I think for a long time I thought I had it all together. You know, I really thought I was doing well. And then in 2013, when we started Wrenched Hearts, I kind of found out real quickly that maybe I don't have it together as well as I thought I did.
RF: Because I didn't realize how messed up I was. So I don't know if it was a façade.
TM: That's kind of what us men do, right?
TM: We compartmentalize things and we put them away. What Wrenched Hearts has done is allowed us to open that box back up and deal with what's in it...
TM: ...and heal ourselves.
RF: All of us from the team down to the membership, we owe you a debt of gratitude for just having the courage and the perseverance to say, "Dammit, this is a good idea. We're going to go with it, because it's going to help."
TM: I appreciate the accolades, however it's we; it's not me. We've done it together. I just appreciate you, Ron. You're a good friend and you're a great team member.
RF: Wrenched Hearts will be here long after we're gone.
TM: I sure hope so.
RF: That's the fantastic thing.
TM: If I've left something standing that goes on after I retire, after I'm gone, then I've left a legacy. That's a memory of my son. That's a memory of Little Ron. We've left something great behind.