Hometown Iron Heart Blood Drive on December 30

On Wednesday, December 30, St. Charles Town Center will be hosting a very special blood drive in honor of local American Red Cross hero and author, Brian J. Boyle. This hometown blood drive is a special thank you to the emergency responders, medical professionals, family and friends in the Southern Maryland community who made Brian’s recovery possible. 

Brian, spokesperson for the American Red Cross and blood recipient/donor, recently completed the autobiographical Iron Heart, telling the true-life story of how he came back to life from a near fatal car accident in 2004. It is dedicated to the faculty and staff of Prince George’s Hospital and the many others who aided in his recovery. 

All blood drive participants will receive a limited-American Red Cross-edition of Iron Heart. Boyle will also attend the event to sign books and thank donors, friends and family who helped him in his recovery. 

This Iron Heart blood drive will be held from noon to 6pm on Wednesday, December 30 on the lower level of St. Charles Town Center, located at 11110 Mall Circle, Waldorf, MD.

Appointments are required. For more information, please visit: http://www.my-redcross.org or call 1-800-GIVE – LIFE.


PG Hospital Blood Drive Sets Record

“Former PGHC trauma patient Brian Boyle has formed a collaboration with the American Red Cross to promote blood donation in communities throughout Maryland.  Brian has published a book on his experience as a trauma patient at the age of 18 and his fight for recovery, and how he has gone on to become a successful international tri-athlete.  The book, Iron Heart, is dedicated to the staff of PGHC.  Many employees and physicians who had cared for Brian or had come to know him and his parents during his two months here came by last Friday to say hello, have their copy of his book signed, and to give blood.  The result was not only a successful reunion, but also the largest blood donation amount ever reported for the hospital. 

Brian has become noted as an inspirational speaker whose first presentation was at the PGHC Gala the year after his hospital discharge. Iron Heart is available in the PGHC Gift Shop.”

– Prince George’s Hospital Newsletter 12/24/09

Upcoming Iron Heart Blood Drives – Dec. 21-23

I would just like to thank everyone who has attended the recent Iron Heart Blood Drives in the Maryland area.  From just these two drives alone we have received a great response, which is incredible for this time of year when the need for blood is extremely high and the donation rate is unfortunately low. 

As of December 18, I am proud to say that I am officially a blood donor as well and plan to be a part of their Member for Life program.  

This week, there are three Iron Heart Blood Drives that will be held at these following locations: 

Howard County Government
The Bain Center
5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044  

Monday, December 21st: 10 am- 5 pm


Marriott Baltimore – Hunt Valley Inn
Maryland Ballroom
245 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley, MD 21031

Tuesday, December 22nd: 2 pm – 8 pm 


 Frederick Elks Lodge # 684
289 Willowdale Drive, Frederick, MD 21702

Wednesday, December 23rd: 2 pm- 8 pm

“The need is constant. The gratification is instant… and my appreciation is eternal.”


The 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship broadcast will air, for the 19th consecutive year on NBC, Dec. 19, 2009, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. ET (check local listings).  The telecast will highlight the physical and emotional journey taken by athletes during the renowned 140.6-mile triathlon. 

In its 31st year, the Ford Ironman World Championship start cannon sounded on Oct. 10, 2009. Nearly 1,700 of the world’s fittest athletes braved the harsh elements of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in an attempt to earn the title of “Ironman.” Temperatures on event day reached 90 degrees Fahrenheit and higher at certain times on the bike and run portions.  Athletes ranging in age from 20 to 80 years competed in the 2.4-mile Pacific Ocean swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile marathon in a classic battle of human motivation versus sweltering heat and mental and physical fatigue. 

“Each year we look to inspire our viewers with the raw power and competitive nature of the professional athletes along with the impressive stories of courage and determination demonstrated by all participants,” said Peter Henning, vice president of television production for Ironman.  “The course might not change year to year, but the drama continues to intensify.”

Iron Heart Blood Drive at Prince George’s Hospital – 12/18/09

Tomorrow, December 18, I will be joining forces with the American Red Cross to host an Iron Heart blood drive at Prince George’s Hospital, which is the hospital that brought me be back to life  in 2004. 

After receiving 36 blood transfusions, I will be making my first blood donation to celebrate this very special occasion.

“Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation.

When you make a blood donation, you join a very select group. Currently only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate blood.

From its beginning, the American Red Cross has formed a community of service, of generous, strong and decent people bound by beliefs beyond themselves. The American Red Cross blood donor embodies this principle. Please join us in our mission to maintain a safe and stable blood supply by making your appointment to donate blood today.

When: Friday, December 18, 2009, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. To Pre-register Call 301- 618 – 3053

Where: Prince George’s Hospital Center Auditorium 3001 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, MD 20785

BKRD: Prince George’s Hospital Center is a proud member of Dimensions Healthcare System, the largest provider of healthcare services in Prince George’s County. The system serves more than 180,000 patients each year.

To thank you for your donation, Brian Boyle, author of Iron Heart and a former patient of Prince George’s Hospital Center’s Critical Care Center will provide you with a complimentary, autographed copy of his book”

Iron Heart Book Review by Road Bike Action Magazine

RBA MUST-READ: Iron Heart, the Brian Boyle Story

January 2010 Issue 

“We were honored to feature Brian’s amazing comeback story in the pages of RBA in 2007.  A horrific car crash on his way home from swim practice left almost all the bones in Brian’s body broken and put him in a coma for two months. His courage and family support got him through it, and 3.5 years later, Brian crossed the line at the Kona Ironman.  Iron Heart recounts his journey back to life and the lessons he learned along the way.  His story is worth reading about, and his passion and determination continue.  Brian has remained on his triathlon journey, finishing the Louisville Ironman this year in 10:55 – four hours faster than Kona.  Pick this book up, you won’t regret it. Available everywhere.”