Brian Boyle’s first book, “Iron Heart,” chronicles his inspirational recovery from a near-fatal accident in 2004 to becoming a triathlete. On the way home from swim practice, 18-year-old Brian’s future changed in an instant when a dump truck plowed into his vehicle. He lost 60 percent of his blood, his heart moved across his chest, and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. He was given 36 blood transfusions, was in a coma, and underwent 14 life-saving operations. After spending three years recovering, Brian completed the healing process when he crossed the finish line in the Hawaii Ironman triathlon.
In 2008, Men’s Health magazine named Brian one of its 20 heroes. In 2009, after publishing “Iron Heart,” he was presented the Regional Spokesperson of the Year award from the American Red Cross. In 2010, he graduated Cum Laude from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and also made his very first blood donation at the hospital that brought him back to life. In 2011, Brian received the Presidential Award for Excellence. In 2012, he was honored at the White House and presented with the “Champion of Change” award for his volunteer work with the Red Cross on a national level.
Today, Brian is a healthcare and patient advocate, a public speaker, and the National Volunteer Spokesperson for the American Red Cross.
Author Website: http://www.iron-heart.org/