Bailey Abernathy- 2020 Climb4KC Scholar
Bailey was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Her parents found her standing on her head watching television and took that as a sign to put her in gymnastics. She fell in love with the sport and never looked back. In fact, gymnastics is what brought her to the University of Minnesota as a member of the Division I women’s gymnastics team – Go Gophers! Bailey majored in physiology and minored in Spanish studies as an undergrad and since then has worked in healthcare as an EMT, scribe, and medical assistant prior to medical school. Her athletic background is a large reason she is interested in medicine due to witnessing the incredible capabilities of the body in sport, including the ability to heal after an injury. Her interest in kidney cancer specifically stems from her father who is a practicing urologist in Colorado. Bailey grew up hearing about kidneys and wants to learn more about what her dad does in his practice.