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USI presents Iron Heart: the Brian Boyle story

USI presents Iron Heart: the Brian Boyle story

4/4/2014 | University Communications

Motivational speaker, Brian Boyle, a former swimmer and bodybuilder, will speak on the University of Southern Indiana campus about a near-fatal car accident that left him on the brink of death, and his long journey to recovery. The public is invited to attend this free event at 6 p.m. Friday, April 11 in USI’s Mitchell Auditorium in the Health Professions Center.

Boyle was only 18 years old when as he was heading home after swimming practice, his car was struck by a speeding dump truck. The accident left him with numerous shattered and broken bones, a 60 percent blood loss, massive internal organ injury and the impact of the crash moved his heart across his chest. He was revived on the operating table eight times. Doctors were certain he would never walk again. Not only did he recover his ability to walk, he crossed the finish line in the 2007 Ironman Hawaii competition which includes a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride, and a 26.2 mile run.

Boyle shares his tale of near tragedy and his triumph against formidable circumstances. He has appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show, NBC’s Today Show, ESPN, and CNN. He is the author of the book Iron Heart: The True Story of How I Came Back from the Dead.

The event is sponsored by USI Sport Management Club and the Kinesiology and Sport Department, and is part of the Guest Speaker Series from the Student Advisory Board of the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education. For additional information contact Lauren Edwards at

The next USI blood drive for the American Red Cross will be Monday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Carter Hall in the University Center West.

Members of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority and Kappa Alpa Order Fraternity are scheduling blood drive appointments at donor recruitment tables at the University Center next week, April 14-17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Click here to learn tips for a successful blood donation:

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