FIRST FOR SOME AT THE RED CROSS 5K IN FREDERICK, MARYLAND
American Red Cross, 11/8/11
This past weekend, two local blood recipients competed together, representing the Red Cross GC&P Region in the Red Run 5K in Frederick, MD, to help encourage people to support the Red Cross and donate blood.
Two young men, with different backgrounds and different challenges in life. Both were told at one point in their lives that they would never walk or talk. Both have spent months in various hospitals, rehab centers and have underwent physical, occupational and speech therapies. Blood donations helped to save one’s life, and give the other a chance to have one.
Brian Boyle is quickly becoming well known across the country for his inspirational comeback story against all odds, after he recovered from a violent car crash that almost took his life. This 25-year old lost 60% of his blood at the scene of his accident and received 36 Red Cross blood transfusions. He triumphed to not only fully recover but also conquer his biggest goal in life – the ‘Kona’ Ironman Triathlon World Championship. He has since devoted his life to raising awareness for blood donations and encouraging others to donate.
Troy Baisey is a 17-year old high school student with Cerebral Palsy and many disabilities. As a severely premature infant, he received Red Cross blood and platelet transfusions in his first month of life during many heart and other surgeries. He spent most of his younger years in hospitals, with leg braces and wheelchairs but now competes in the Special Olympics. He volunteers to help with his school and church blood drives and tells everyone he meets that they should donate blood to help other people. Until today, he had never run, jogged or walked a distance further than 40 meters. Inspired by his favorite hero and fellow blood recipient, Brian Boyle, he challenged himself to run a 5K race.
You may run for a medal or to place, but for Troy Baisey the last steps through the 5K finish line with Brian meant so much more.
Everyone has their ‘Kona’.
Please enjoy this short WHAG news segment of Brian Boyle and Troy Baisey.