In 2004, a horrific car crash almost claimed Brian Boyle’s life on his way home from swim practice. His heart moved across his chest and all major organs were damaged. When he emerged from a medically induced coma, doctors predicted he might never walk again, but after multiple surgeries, 36 blood transfusions, 13 plasma treatments and physical therapy, Brian walked. Just three years after leaving ICU, he crossed the finish line at the Hawaii Ironman Triathalon. He wears the American Red Cross logo when he competes to thank those who donated blood for him, and to show his sincerest appreciation to the blood donors that saved his life. Only a small percentage of people donate blood and Brian wants to change that.
For the past five years, Brian has travelled across the nation speaking at Red Cross events, hosting blood drives and acting as a national spokesperson to illustrate the crucial need for blood. He also participates in marathons and triathlons on behalf of the Red Cross, each time wearing the Red Cross emblem on the front and back of his suit. By sharing his personal story, Brian encourages others to support the Red Cross by donating blood, volunteering their time or making a financial contribution.