LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — She’s just eight but is inspiring kids and adults across the country. We’ve been following the story of Hailey Dawson on her Journey to 30 and now, she’s completed her mission to throw out the first pitch at each MLB ballpark.
“She is a goofball. She dances all the time,” said Maria Gerardi a graduate student at UNLV.
She’s practically watched 8-year-old Hailey grow up. She met Hailey four years ago and created a 3D printed robotic hand for her.
“I’ve been working on it for the last four years, changing it up, trying to critique it so it helps Hailey a little better,” Gerardi said.
Hailey was born with Poland Syndrome and she’s missing her right pectoral muscle and three fingers on her right hand. But that doesn’t slow her down. “If I can do it, you can do it,” she said.
Hailey completed her Journey to 30, throwing out the first pitch at for each MLB Team finishing with the Los Angeles Angels. She turned the improbable into possible.
Showing how her hand works she said, “I move my wrist down, it closes. I move my wrist up and it opens.”
Yong Dawson, Hailey’s mom said, “The robotic hand initially was a functional thing, but then became a confidence booster.”
Hailey took that confidence straight to the mound. Gerardi said, “Just being able to see her dab at the end of each pitch is pretty awesome.”
Now, Hailey has a specialty hand with each ball club’s logo and her favorite player’s autographs. But her number one favorite she said, is, “Manny Machado.”
Her story has brought awareness and her mom said, “She hadn’t met anyone else with Poland Syndrome until this journey.”
Up next, finishing the paperwork to get her Journey to 30 entered in the Guinness Book of World Records.