It's not what people accumulate in material things that makes a nation great. Greatness comes from the good that free people do for others. On the long road back, Boyle vowed that he would give back.
There is no better story of a miraculous comeback than Brian Boyle's.
The Washington Post
Brian Boyle’s Iron Heart story continues to inspire others and exemplify the importance of setting goals.
At times, Brian’s tale of survival sounds more improbable than possible.
His amazing story of recovery and triumph reminds us why we keep going in the face of tragedy, why we attempt great things, and why courage and hope together can inspire great endings.
Road Bike Action Magazine
When Brian next sets his mind to do something, he now knows, nothing will stop him.
Fueled by his family’s love, Brian never gave in.
Who would better understand the importance of donating blood than someone who required 36 blood transfusions after a 2004 car accident in Southern Maryland left him with 60 percent blood loss and catastrophic injuries.
The Baltimore Sun
Keep up your spirit of strength and inspiration, my friend. Yours is one of the most incredible stories I've had the pleasure to know and tell.
Mark Viviano, ESPN Radio
Thanks for sharing your story and your passion. Healthcare needs people like you if we are to make a difference.
Dr. Peter Pronovost, ICU Physician at Johns Hopkins, MacArthur Fellowship Recipient and one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world in 2008
Sometimes, lost in the debate about waste, fraud, and managing health care costs is the fact that healthcare professionals are highly trained and genuinely care deeply about the health and outcomes of their patients. And, together amazing things happen. Thank you for helping to tell that story.
Harvard Medical School
What an amazing story you have lived!! Clearly, you have seen the patient side of the medical encounter and you have triumphed in every way!
You are absolutely the best! The group so appreciated you taking the time out of your life to share your powerful and difficult message with them. I was taken aback by the emotion in the room, but, also your wisdom and how essential your message is to such a wide range of audiences. Your words soothe and provide hope for the troubled mom, guide nurses to be always present in every moment of our patients’ lives, and provide inspiration to our youth and to those needing direction, strength, and support.
Maryland Hospital Association
I wanted to be sure to formally thank you for participating in our recent Summer Forum. As I’ve already mentioned, your session was fantastic and I received so many positive comments from our membership!
Carol Sinclair, Maine Hospital Association
On behalf of the IHA Board and staff, I want to again extend our appreciation for coming to our Summer Forum and sharing your story. Your session got great reviews and I also heard many positive comments afterwards about not only your story but your incredible positivity. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for you to have to retell your story each time to a new audience. I’ve had the privilege over the years to work with other individuals who like you have a very personal story to share. What I will offer from the hospital community… is that health care professionals want to hear from their patients and by telling the details and the truth you can have the greatest impact. Your straight forward, candid accounts can provide the information and impetus to make changes.
Becky Anthony, Iowa Hospital Association
From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank you for the wonderful talk that you gave at our Summit on Wednesday. Your story and miraculous message were inspirational to our leaders, and created the perfect groundwork for a fantastic Summit of learning and networking on the patient experience. Thank you, Brian.
Pamela Guler, Adventist Health System
You have a very powerful message. I think everyone should hear your story, thank you for being willing to share.
Bob Murphy, R.N., The Studer Group
What a treat to see you again and to hear your story. I just wanted to tell you what a difference you all have made in my life as a nurse and as a human being. I can tell you that the audience you spoke to on Friday, Brian, were the people who take care of those who are as sick as you were everyday and you truly touched their lives as well.
Nancy Grimm, RN
I saw your presentation at the Maryland Patient Safety Conference on April 8th. I was so impressed by you and your family, thank you for the message you delivered. After being an ICU nurse for 20 years, and now educating ICU staff, I think your message is very powerful, and all nurses should hear it.
Beth Cipra, RN
I had the good fortune to hear you speak at the BBCON event last week, hearing your story was incredible, I took my book back home and read it in a day I couldn’t put it down!
Alan Harrison, Sr. Director Mass Marketing, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Your story is amazing!! I can barely believe all that happened to you and how you survived against all odds and have risen to your current athletic achievements! Incredible! It's miraculous!
Carolyn Insley, Greater Baltimore Medical Center
AMERICAN RED CROSS
There is no gift as absolutely precious as the gift of life, and no one acknowledges this more than Brian Boyle. Brian treats each day as a gift and an opportunity to help others. I’m in awe of Brian’s tenacity, relentless energy, graciousness, dedicated spirit, and compassionate commitment to helping others. I’m convinced that he is superhuman.
Gail McGovern, President of the American Red Cross
Brian Boyle knows the importance of blood donors firsthand. And he also knows that giving blood tapers off at this time of year -- but the urgent need for blood doesn't.
I gave blood last week at the Annapolis mall because the Red Cross was doing a blood drive. Ever since I could donate blood I realized the importance in donating as often as I could. I was at the recovery table and they had your book there. I picked it up and started looking at it and one of the women working there said I could have it. And I found out that you’re probably one of the most extraordinary people I’ve never met.
Lauren Jelinek, United States Naval Academy, and blood donor
It's stories like Brian’s that really highlight why the American Red Cross is here, to help save lives!
Darren Goan, Red Cross employee, WA
There are a lot of high schoolers that just don't understand how important giving blood is and therefore, they don't volunteer. But when I was reading over the materials the Red Cross gave me, I found your story. I thought it was so inspirational and it would be amazing if you could come and share your story. I am really trying to raise the participation and I think having a real life story would make it personal for everyone, and especially the guys.
Valerie, high school blood donor and blood drive sponsor
I could have talked to you the whole day hearing about your story and motivation to continue pressing forward, and I just want to say you have inspired me with the blood drives I’ll be operating. Thanks again for taking the time to speak to us and share your story because it has left an impact on me.
Winston D., Red Cross NAIA Collegiate Program Member
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
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 day.
Martin O’ Malley, Governor of Maryland
Fitness and health have always been a cornerstone of my life ever since I can remember. I can’t imagine what my life would have been like without the opportunity to participate in sports and to be an athlete. Brian Boyle nearly lost that chance, and nearly lost his life. His story since 2004 has been an incredible journey.
Dan O’Brien, U.S.A., Olympic Gold Medalist in Decathlon, 3 Time World Champion Decathlon
I just wanted to say thanks for your courage, will, grit and determination because in doing what you've done you provide huge inspiration to the legions of folks who want to airmail it in. Thanks.
Dr. Stephen Walker, USOC Registry of Sport Psychologists
Your life story is remarkable and a real inspiration – your comeback from such catastrophic injuries is nothing short of astounding. I am amazed by the accomplishments you have achieved already, and it sounds like greater things are ahead for you.
Kirby Bradley, Producer of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
From being told he would never walk again, to running down Alii Drive and crossing the finish line, Brian’s performance was one of the most remarkable and inspirational moments I have ever seen.
NBC Executive Producer, NBC Sports
The world needs people like you. We can’t afford to lose you. Welcome back. Ride on.
Gary Hall Jr., U.S.A., 5x Gold Medalist Olympic Swimmer, United States
Your interactions with Johns Hopkins students and faculty made such an impact during your time on campus.
Ron Daniels, President, Johns Hopkins University
Thank you for taking the time to come to Ohio State to meet and speak with us. We all enjoyed having you and appreciate the wonderful job that you did with the lecture. I especially enjoyed your passion for engaging the students and willingness to stay after the event to meet with all of the students.
Ohio State University
Brian, you are the most humble, kind person I have met. You have experienced so much at a young age. You have gone through things I cannot even imagine. Yet, you came out on the other side and truly appreciate life and the people you meet along the way. As far as supporting you, that is a given. I will always be here to get your story out to every student that graces my classroom each year. Your philosophy and my philosophy are the same, "You do not quit, and you never give up! Thank you for taking the time to let us into your life. We are all better for the experience. Please keep in touch and let me know how you do in your races and all your endeavors. If you ever need anything, do not hesitate to contact me.
Misty Frantz, English teacher at St. Mary's Ryken High School
I have been very inspired and touched by your story. I can only imagine how many lives you are positively affecting with your story of encouragement and tenacity.
Michael Hitchcock, writer and consulting producer for FOX television hit series Glee
You provide inspiration to others. Bless you for all you've done.
Mike Farrell, Captain BJ Honeycut from tv show M.A.S.H.
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
We were honored by your presence, you are a remarkable young man that has the ability to change the lives of many. Keep strong and stay true to who you are.
Barbara Baumler, Re/Max
I just wanted to say thanks for writing "Iron Heart", I'm at a pretty depressed stage in my life and your book has made me appreciate life so much more (my parents are really never around and I've always kind of took care of myself). I myself have not suffered tragedies, but it seems like every other week something comes up in my family (from my grandpa getting diagnosed with cancer, to my grandma getting in several car accidents, multiple surgeries, etc.). The worst part about it is that none of my friends or family are willing to help me get through this rough patch. I just really appreciate your story. You are my inspiration.
Zack S., 17 year-old student
You are our hero and you give us all the strength to get through our many challenges. Your dedication and resolve inspires us to do the best we can in everything we encounter.
Joe Lineberger, Director, Senior Executive Service Member, Air Force Review Boards Agency
I read about you this morning over coffee, and I cannot tell you how impressed I was with you, your vision, determination, and faith. You are truly a role model for many.
Msgr. Bill Charbonneau, Air National Guard Chaplain
Your experience is a testimony of self resiliency, faith and the power of family. In these times of multiple deployments and hardship, your story is something I wish all military members could hear. What rang
true to me was...The challenges you face today can be completely turned around if you give tomorrow a chance.
MSgt Lem Marshall, Flight Chief, USAF 779 Medical Group