PRESTONSBURG – Finding true love is something most people dream about, but few people ever get to experience the joy of finding their true love. Bridgette Sizemore, a local pharmacist, was one of the lucky ones. Bridgette met the love of her life Brandon Sizemore while dining at a local restaurant.
Brandon being the fun-loving guy he was, came over to her table picked up her phone and called his number.
“Now I’ll call you tonight, I have your phone number,” said Brandon.
They chatted for a moment before the two parted ways. Brandon called her and a local modern day love story began.
“I was always kind of a shy girl, and Brandon brought me out of my shell,” Bridgette said. He took me to my first NFL game, UK football and basketball games, NASCAR races and PGA tournament. I never went outside of Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.
Brandon and Bridgette were eventually married and went on a wonderful honeymoon to Hawaii. When they got home is when the stress began. Previously Brandon had been feeling ill and having bad headaches. Doctor visit after doctor visit he was given pain medicine, but nothing worked. Eventually a doctor ordered a CAT scan and right after the scan he was sent directly to Markey Cancer Center in Lexington. At Markey Cancer Center he had his first PET scan.
Brandon was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma Cancer that day. From there he began chemotherapy treatment to get him in “remission” to prepare him for his first stem cell transplant which was actually scheduled and planned to still allow Bridgette and Brandon to get married and go to Hawaii for their honeymoon. The week of July 23, 2011 they were married and went and enjoyed their honeymoon and got out and lived. The week they returned to Prestonsburg he began the stem-cell transplant process.
Brandon Sizemore was a young boy so full of life, he lived life to the fullest in everything he did. As a young Allen Central Rebel, he loved playing baseball. He was sworn into the military (Army National Guard) in 2000 while still in high school. He left for basic training after he graduated high school in 2001. Basic training was in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He excelled as a rifleman and in compass usage. He was promoted to Sergeant April 28, 2004. He was a member of the Kentucky Army National Guard, Company C 206th Engineer Battalion-with whom he returned home from a tour in Kosovo in support of NATO Operation Joint Guardian. Brandon was honorably discharged from the National Guard on December 22, 2006 and from the Reserves on December 27, 2008.
When he was discharged from the Guard in 2006, while still in the reserves, Brandon began working for CSX as a conductor up until the day he was diagnosed with cancer.
Brandon went in and out of remission several times. Over the course of the four years and 10 months of his life after the diagnosis, he had to change chemotherapy regimens, receive radiation and do a second stem cell transplant.
There is currently no cure for Myeloma and limited treatment options. In honor of the man whom fought so hard to live life and create memories with the ones he loved, a 5 K race is being organized in his honor. The first annual Brandon Sizemore 5K race will be held March 26, the week after Brandon’s birthday. All money collected will be donated to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation so further research can be done to find a cure for this horrible cancer.
Registration will take place at the City Stage in Prestonsburg beginning at 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online: https://runsignup.com/Race/KY/Prestonsburg/BrandonMSizemoreMemorialRunWalkforMultipleMyeloma.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606-794-0290.