On Friday, September 14th, the White House welcomed over 100 American Red Cross volunteers, employees and partners, from across the country. The Red Cross has millions of volunteers across 187 countries and reaches more than 100 million people across the globe each year. As part of the day-long program, the White House honored Red Cross National Volunteer Spokesperson, Brian Boyle, as one of nine volunteers and employees who are “Champions of Change.”
In 2004 a horrific car crash almost claimed Brian Boyle’s life on his way home from swim practice in Charles County, MD. 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. 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.
These extraordinary individuals that were recognized have devoted their time and effort to the Red Cross across the country and had the opportunity to share their stories with Administration officials and Red Cross members around the globe. The Champions of Change program was created to honor ordinary Americans doing great work in their communities. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
“President Obama knows how important the American Red Cross is to not only providing humanitarian relief but also building resilient communities,” said Jon Carson, Deputy Assistant to the President. “The American Red Cross Champions of Change we are honoring are a reflection of the generosity and compassion deeply rooted in our national identity.”
To learn more about Brian and his mission to save lives with the Red Cross, please visit the White House blog:
And to watch the Champions of Change presentations on Youtube, please visit here: