Engineering a Mean Fastball

Hailey Dawson tosses a powerful fastball. Armed with her UNLV-built “Robohand,” the Henderson 7-year-old has currently delivered the opening pitch for the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals, and has welcomes to pitch by all other Major League Baseball groups.

Now, she’s preparing to toss out the very first pitch Oct. 28, at the fourth game of this year’s World Series.

Due to an uncommon condition called Poland Syndrome, Dawson was born without an ideal pectoral muscle. Her right hand is missing 3 fingers and her thumb and pinky also are undeveloped. In 2014, when her mom Yong Dawson discovered that a normal prosthetic would cost around $20,000 and need to be changed often as Hailey grew, she asked UNLV’s Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering for help.

Students and faculty initially teamed up three years ago to develop and produce a 3-D printed robotic hand that allowed Hailey to get, understand, grow, and toss. They’ve adjusted their style as she’s grown to build more hands. And now they’re assisting bring national attention to options for other children with Poland Syndrome.

Today UNLV’s College of Engineering professors and trainees wish to assist other children like Hailey grasp bicycle handles, throw balls, and develop artistic works with their own Robohands.

Each hand costs approximately $5,000. Through RebelRaiser, UNLV’s main crowfunding platform, Hailey and the UNLV engineering group hope to fund materials and update the lab and its 3-D printing capabilities.

About RebelRaiser

RebelRaiser enables the community to attain fundraising objectives through many smaller sized presents online. It’s likewise a hassle-free method for UNLV students, athletes, and unique interest groups to get in touch with the neighborhood, and for the neighborhood to participate in the range of projects coming from on school.

While crowdfunding projects typically recognize a deadline so that goal-setting is possible, tasks like Hailey’s will restore as the research continues to advance.

Considering that Rebel Raiser was introduced by the UNLV Foundation in November 2015, more than $273,479 has actually been raised through 1,521 gifts. The tasks cover all strolls of campus life– from sending out trainees to dance competitors and entrepreneurship conferences around the globe to protecting housing for homeless UNLV students and studying air quality in the Valley.

RebelRaiser will no doubt aid Hailey’s pitch have a lot more powerful impact, as it has actually assisted other tasks:

Visit the RebelRaiser site for a complete list of tasks.

Instagram Post: Hailey will be throwing out the first pitch before Game #4 at the World Series on Saturday, Oct 28.

Instagram Post: Hailey will be throwing out the very first pitch prior to Video game # 4 at the World Series on Saturday, Oct 28.

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