Brian lost 60% of his blood at the scene of his accident, and Red Cross blood donors were there for him. As his treatment progressed, blood donors were a vital factor in his recovery and journey back into life.
He wanted to become a Red Cross volunteer to show his gratitude, and since 2007, Brian has worked very closely with the American Red Cross by participating in various high profile events and hosting blood drives all across the nation that have brought in several thousand life-saving units of blood.
It has been a true honor for him to volunteer, take part in their events and blood drives, and to proudly wear their logo on his race suits during his triathlon and running events.
In 2009, Brian was presented the regional spokesperson of the year award from the American Red Cross for his contributions. In 2010, he was again presented with the regional spokesperson of the year award and also made his very first blood donation at the hospital that brought him back to life. In 2011, he launched the Red Cross Iron Heart Campaign to help raise blood donation awareness on a national level. In the same year, he received the Dr. Charles Drew award and the Presidential Award for Excellence by the President of the American Red Cross, Mrs. Gail McGovern. In 2012, he was honored at the White House in Washington D.C. and presented with the “Champion of Change” award for his volunteer work with the Red Cross on a national level. Brian Boyle is now the National Volunteer Spokesperson for the American Red Cross.
For the nearly 5 million people who receive blood transfusions every year, a blood donation can make the difference between life and death. Brian Boyle is living proof of this. When he needed it, the American Red Cross was there with 36 blood transfusions and 13 plasma treatments that saved his 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 Brian the chance at a lifetime.