Brian Boyle nearly died in a car accident at the age of 18. He recovered after 36 blood transfusions, multiple surgeries, and months of hospitalization. After his recovery, Brian became an Ironman triathlete, marathon runner, father, and a passionate advocate for blood donors.
Brian’s daughter, Clara, is named in honor of the founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton, in recognition of the blood donations that helped save her father’s life.
Brian said “Getting married and seeing my daughter would not have been able to happen without the love from my parents, support from many care providers, and blood from dozens of generous Red Cross blood donors. Their blood gave me back my life, and it allowed me to give life”
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. This lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation. A single donation can save up to 3 lives. During August, 296 generous Outer Banks blood donors potentially saved 837 lives.
“While 62% of the U.S. population can give blood, only about 3% donate”, said Frank Spruill, Red Cross Blood Donor Ambassador. “The actual blood donation takes about 10 – 12 minutes, and the entire process from arrival to departure is about one hour. If you are healthy and feeling well, please schedule an appointment to give now.”
Appointments can be made at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming American Red Cross blood drives on the Outer Banks
Monday, September 12, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Pitts Center, Southern Shores
Tuesday, September 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Liberty Christian Fellowship, Kill Devil Hills
Wednesday, September 21, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills
Wednesday, September 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Lady of the Seas, Buxton
Wednesday, September 28, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Kitty Hawk Elementary, Kitty Hawk