Brian Boyle

It was a horrific car crash. On the way home from swim practice in 2004, eighteen-year old Brian Boyle’s future changed in an instant when a dump truck plowed into his vehicle. He was airlifted to a shock-trauma hospital. He had lost sixty percent of his blood, his heart had moved across his chest, and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. He was placed in a medically-induced coma. When Brian finally emerged from the coma two months later, he had no memory of the accident. He could see and hear, but not move or talk. Unable to communicate to his doctors, nurses, or frantic parents, he heard words like “vegetable” and “nursing home.” If he lived, doctors predicted he might not be able to walk again, and certainly not swim. Then, miraculously, Brian clawed his way back to the living. First blinking his eyelids, then squeezing a hand, then smiling, he gradually emerged from his locked-in state. The former swimmer and bodybuilder had lost one hundred pounds.

brianboyle_ironheart_paperbackcoverIn 2007 Brian Boyle staged what many consider to be one of the greatest comebacks in sports history when he crossed the finish line at the Hawaii Ironman just three years after leaving the Intensive Care Unit.

In 2008, he competed in the 2008 Foster Grant Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Clearwater, Florida and Men’s Health magazine named Boyle one of its twenty heroes. In 2009, he published his first book, Iron Heart, and he was presented the spokesperson of the year award from the American Red Cross for his contributions. In 2010, he graduated Cum Laude from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, ran his first 50 mile ultramarathon, completed his third Ironman in 10:14, and also made his very first blood donation at the hospital that brought him back to life. In 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence from the President of the American Red Cross, Gail McGovern. He launched the Red Cross Iron Heart Campaign to help raise blood donation awareness on a national level, and was recognized by the President of the United States of America as a “Champion of Change” at the White House for his Red Cross volunteer work.

After graduating from college, Brian pursued a professional career in public speaking with various healthcare organizations and medical associations that involves his efforts as a patient and healthcare advocate. He is currently studying at Johns Hopkins for a Master’s of Public Health.

His story has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBC’s Today Show, ESPN, and several other programs throughout the country that have earned Emmy nominations and awards.

His journey of courage and determination has touched the hearts of many and his story and the message it carries has been celebrated around the world.

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Inspirational / Motivational / Health and Fitness

From Tragedy to Triumph: The Brian Boyle Story

Join Brian Boyle in this session as he tells his personal story of his fight back from near death after a horrific automobile accident.

Healthcare

Through the Eyes of the Patient: The Brian Boyle Story

Abstract:

Join Brian Boyle in this session as he tells his personal story of his fight back from near death after a horrific automobile accident. He will focus on his experience as a patient who, upon emerging from a medically induced coma, was unable to move or talk, yet could hear, see, and feel pain. Mr. Boyle will provide vital information from the patient’s perspective to help participants gain insight about how to provide care to patients who are aware yet unable to communicate.

 Testimonials / Feedbacks

“From the earliest days of our founding, our Nation has been shaped by ordinary people who have dared to dream and used their unique skills to do extraordinary things. Americans like Brian Boyle help carry this tradition forward by reaching for new ideas that will help our country win the future.” – Barack Obama, President of the United States of America

“That rewarding feeling that only service to others can bring is brought to life in the many personal “donor stories” about why people give. Brian Boyle is an Ironman triathlete in 2004 was in a life-threatening car accident. He lost 60% of his blood and required 36 transfusions during the multiple surgeries that followed. He now runs with the American Red Cross logo when he races to honor these donors who helped save his life. I’m looking forward to being able to do the same thing soon.” – Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post

“Can’t express to you how deeply moved I am by your story. What you’ve been through and what you’ve accomplished against the greatest of odds is beyond inspirational.” – Gavin O’ Connor, filmmaker of Miracle, Warrior 

“You should be extremely proud of all that you have accomplished, finding the courage to risk action in the face of great adversity. We are honored by how well you represented our State not only in preparing for this triathlon, but also in everyday life. Without ever letting up, you challenged yourself to achieve great things, reminding all of us that we can make a difference if we only try. I truly believe we live in a world full of possibility. But it is the example of Marylanders like you who continue to affirm that truth each and every day.” – Martin O’ Malley, Governor of Maryland

“Your interactions with Johns Hopkins students and faculty made such an impact during your time on campus for the Iron Heart blood drive.” – Ron Daniels, President, Johns Hopkins University

“Your story is truly amazing and inspiring. It is people such as yourself that have made triathlon the fastest growing sport in the world.” – Andrew Kosove, Executive Producer for Alcon Entertainment, films include The Blind Side and Dolphin Tale

“You have a spectacular story about struggle, overcoming tremendous obstacles and the power of the human will.” – Louie Provost, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production

“Since running the Ironman, Boyle’s been a regular competitor on the marathon circuit, at one point running five marathons in just over five weeks in 2009. Each time he runs, he wears the Red Cross logo to thank those who donated blood for him.” – Jonathan Shorman, USA TODAY 


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