At age 10, Bailey Moody was diagnosed with stage four osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer. The choice was easy for her and after visiting specialist and doing extensive research, she had her right leg amputated with a Rotationplasty, where only the diseased portion of the leg is removed. Moody has not regretted the decision and instead made the best of her situation. Though it wasn’t easy to get back into the groove of competing, she stayed active in high school and in 2014 she started playing wheelchair basketball. Over the years, she has continued to improve her skills as a player and at the 2018 World Championships she earned 6th place. Moody has earned her place at the 2021 Paralympics Games in Tokyo and is excited to make her debut.
Away from the court:
Moody has continued to place priority on her education, keeping up her grades and GPA, she will be entering her second year at the University of Alabama this upcoming fall. She is intentional about using her platform to uplift and encourage others through sharing her hard work and achievements.
In their own words:
“I think this can be a reminder to athletes that things do not always go exactly the way that you want them to. Sometimes there will be adversity that you must fight through, but it will just make the end all the more worth it.”
“I didn’t want to be considered disabled. I didn’t want any limitations to be put on me.”
“I like to be the best; I like to outwork people. For me to not be able to do certain things right away just because I wasn’t physically capable of it or I hadn’t healed enough to do so, I think was the hardest part.”
- Sport: Basketball
- Limb Difference:
- DOB: 11/16/01
- Residence: Alpharetta, GA
- College: none
- Previous Games: 2018
- Classification: 4