BOSTON - Her dream of throwing the first pitch at every Major League ballpark is well underway. Today, she makes her way to Fenway Park sporting her 3D-printed hand.
Hailey Dawson, a fierce 8-year-old from Nevada, will be throwing out the first pitch at Thursday's Boston Red Sox game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hailey was born with a rare defect called Poland syndrome. It's a disease that causes people to be born with underdeveloped muscles on one side of the body and could cause abnormalities in the chest, shoulder, arm and hand, according to the National Institute of Health.
In 2014, Hailey’s mother reached out to students at the University of Nevada Las Vegas to see if they could print a 3D prosthetic for her daughter so she could ride a bike. Little did they know how far Hailey's hand would go.
With her new 3D-printed hand in tow, Hailey wanted to start raising awareness of her disease and set out to throw the first pitch at each ballpark in the majors.
Her quest started on Twitter after Bleacher Report posted a video about Hailey, who had already thrown out the opening pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game in August 2015.
7-year-old Hailey Dawson wants to throw out the first pitch at every MLB ballpark with her 3-D printed hand pic.twitter.com/onStqhEzyB— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 7, 2017
The footage of Hailey and her robotic hand went viral – receiving a welcome reaction from many MLB teams, including the Red Sox.
Looks like we need to get you to Fenway, Hailey!— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) September 8, 2017
Just DM us with your info and we're in! ⚾️
Hailey’s pitch at Fenway will be her 21st of 30 scheduled pitches. Let’s go!
Hailey Dawson can cross another ballpark off her list. The 8 year-old threw out tonight’s first pitch @fenwaypark with her 3D printed arm! She’s hoping to raise awareness for Poland Syndrome. @boston25 #FenwayPark #HaileyDawson #RedSox pic.twitter.com/i73HDnDTEX— Tyler Unwin (@TylerUnwin) July 12, 2018
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