THE GOLDEN RULE: “Be There” For Your Friends

By Greg Niemi . September 23, 2014


Imagine your life changing in a blink of an eye.  You are about to sign on to a webinar and everything becomes discombobulated.

You are so confused you cannot do a simple log in.  Once in, you can’t remember a single thing from the webinar.Big D & Me

This happened to one of my very best of friends.  His name is Richard Moyle.

One day Richard, aka “Big D”, is larger than life.  And the next thing we know he is struggling with basic motor skills.

On April 15th, Richard had this episode occur which turned out to be a seizure.  A trip to the ER revealed he had 3 tumors and 8 days later he had surgery for brain cancer.

Since April, Richard has not driven a car, he hasn’t been able to work and has spent most every day either in the hospital or in a rehab center.  In fact, as I write this, he is in the rehab center where he is being well cared for.  We remain hopeful and optimistic.

To contrast, before all of this, Big D was larger than life with a frame larger than Paul Bunyan.  Big D is a tough Yooper originally from the UP of Michigan.  A true man’s man, full of bravado and a healthy dose of BS too.  At the same time he’s a sweetheart of a guy.  As any best friend would be – he would have your back in a brawl and would be seated front and center at an event important to you.

We only have so many best friends and Richard is one of mine.  We’ve known each other for well over 30 years and I want to be there for him, and his family, in every way I can.  In these situations, as you know, you want to help yet feel so darn helpless.  Writing this is one way I’m able to reach out to help them.

I write this blog today for a few reasons.  First and foremost, today is Richard’s 62nd birthday and I want you to join me in wishing him a happy birthday:  “Happy Birthday Big D.  Cheers to you on your very special day.  Stay strong.  SISU”.

Secondly, I want to ask for your help in two ways.  First I want you to press the “share” button to help me spread the word.  And second, I also want to ask you to help by making a donation of some amount to their benefit fund (whether you know Dick or not) .

This whole ordeal has taken quite a toll on him and his family, emotionally and financially.  Kindly think of an amount, right now, you would be willing to donate and please do it now, today, on his birthday.

I am asking this of my entire network of personal friends and professional colleagues.  If I have helped your career, your business, your children or supported your causes I now ask for your help in return.  I know this is a bold ask and you know I wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t needed.

You can make your donation on-line at Go Fund Me (simply click on the link).  Or you can mail a check (the name and address of the bank is also included in this link).

Please help me “be there” for Richard as you would want others to “be there” for you.

Your support would mean a lot to me and even more to Richard and his family … their family is already humbled by the outpouring of love and support they’ve seen thus far and I want us to really blow them away :-).

THANK YOU and happy birthday Big D.  We got your back!!!



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