Brian, spokesperson for the American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac (GC&P) Blood Services Region and blood recipient, recently completed the autobiographical Iron Heart, telling the true-life story of how he returned from the dead. It is dedicated to the faculty and staff of Prince George’s Hospital and the many others who aided in his recovery.
“Blood is needed for emergencies like mine, and for people undergoing treatment for cancer, those with chronic blood disorders, premature babies, people in need of surgery, and many others. For the nearly 5 million people who receive blood transfusions every year, a blood donation can make the difference between life and death,” said Brian.
The American Red Cross will be hosting a special series of blood drives in December and January in honor of local Red Cross hero and author, Brian J. Boyle. This blood drive is a special thank you for the ongoing support of the community who made Brian’s recovery possible.
All blood drive participants will receive a limited-American Red Cross-edition of Iron Heart. Boyle will also attend the event to thank donors, autograph books, take photos, and meet with fans, friends, and family who helped him in his recovery.
Brian said, “When I needed it, the American Red Cross was there with 36 blood transfusions and 13 plasma treatments that saved my life in a situation where time was of the essence. Volunteer blood donors made this possible. By giving just a little bit of their time, blood donors gave me a lifetime.”