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5 Year Old with prosthetic hand delivers major-league pitch!

Dear Music Without Barriers Community,

With baseball playoffs not too far off – and because the Blue Jays are kicking butt 😛 – I wanted to share this awesome story of Hailey Dawson, and how she loves to #smashbarriers. 

 Hailey was born with Poland’s syndrome, a rare condition that requires her to use a prosthetic hand. But it totally doesn’t matter to Hailey – she wanted to pitch at a “big Orioles” game (her brother plays little leage for the “little Orioles”), and with some help from her dad and the Major League Baseball community, that’s what she did! 

Hailey Dawson flexing

The Next Cy Young hopeful!

These stories are right up my alley because they are examples of how we can smash barriers with the ingredients of community support, new technology, and a hell of a lot of passion!  3D printing allowed Hailey and her family to purchase a versatile yet inexpensive prosthetic (more info here); Hailey’s love for baseball inspired her Dad to reach out to the Baltimore Orioles who, in turn, thought the idea was a home run!

I hope this inspires you and yours to think about the possibilities that exist to smash all kinds of barriers. Do you have any stories like Hailey’s? Can you imagine ways that we could use 3D printing to help people smash music barriers? Comment below!  

Check out Hailey’s full story here:

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/143722604/orioles-welcome-girl-for-unique-first-pitch

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