Bart went to his local primary doctor on December 19, 2001 for what he originally thought was a pulled calf muscle. His doctor drew blood work and immediately referred him to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL, where he would be diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in the following days. He spent the next three months receiving chemo.
Bart was considered in remission after his chemo treatments, but his doctors felt he needed a bone marrow transplant due to the high recurrence rate of AML. He was admitted in early March of 2002 for transplant preparation. Bart’s family members were tested to see if they were eligible donors. His oldest brother, Brooks, was a perfect match and they proceeded with the transplant on March 21, 2002.
Bart spent the following summer at Hope Lodge in Birmingham recovering. He was finally released in July of 2002 and in June of 2003, he was considered fully healed and able to return to his normal activities.
Since his transplant, Bart graduated high school in 2006, receiving a scholarship to play baseball at Central Alabama Community College in Alex City, AL and later at Shorter College in Rome, GA. Bart graduated Shorter in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management and later received a Master’s of Business Education from Auburn in 2013. He is an avid sports fan and currently coaches football and baseball at Central High School in Phenix City. He also teaches Business Education at the Freshman Academy.
Bart met his wife, Katie, in 2005 and they were later married on May 26, 2012. They have one son, Easton (2.5), and a daughter, Lily, due in October of 2017.