One Year Later, Cancer Survivor Shows Strength at Junior Olympics

DES MOINES, Iowa – For Bailey Carson-Hilson, a 10-year old competing in the javelin throw at the AAU Junior Olympics Friday morning, this year looks a lot different from the last.

Friday morning, she set her personal-best record in the sport – a surprise, as she’s fairly new to it.  A year ago, she was life-lifted to a hospital battling her cancer.

“It’s just amazing because she recovered faster than her doctors thought she would, and now she’s out here competing at the Junior Olympics faster than we thought she would,” said Kim Carson, her mother.

Bailey improves quickly at just about everything, it would seem. Originally diagnosed with cancer in 2009, she beat it the first time. Unfortunately, it came back in a diagnosis in 2012. But here in 2014, she’s proving to be stronger than ever. And for her family, that’s an inspiration.

“She’s making me want to get out there and do something,” Carson said.

Bailey is yet another example of strength and inspiration at the Junior Olympics.

The competitions close out Saturday. Des Moines is scheduled to host the events again in 2018.

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