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Hailey's Hand

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Project ended on November 13, at 11:59 PM PST
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Hailey Pitches at All 30 MLB Parks

September 24, 2018

The College of Engineering is proud to have been a part of Hailey Dawson's incredible "Journey to 30" - throwing out the first pitch at every Major League Baseball park with her UNLV-created, 3D-printed hands! Hailey completed her Journey on September 16th when she threw out the first pitch at the Los Angeles Angels vs Seattle Mariners game.


Watch Hailey on "Good Morning America"


Thank you to Hailey's family, all of the students and faculty who worked on this project, and the community members who supported it!


CNN Interviews Hailey and UNLV Grad Student Maria

November 09, 2017

The story of Hailey and her UNLV-created 3D-printed hand continued to draw national attention when CNN's Carol Costello interviewed her, her mother Yong, and UNLV graduate student Maria Gerardi on live television last week! 

They were able to discuss how the hand is made and what it was like for Hailey to pitch at a World Series game, and even got to share the special version made just for that exciting occasion! You can watch the full interview below.

Tomorrow night Hailey will be on the field at Sam Boyd Stadium for the UNLV vs BYU game. If you don't have your tickets yet, there's still time - PURCHASE TICKETS.

Thank you for your support and for sharing Hailey's story!

Hailey Throws 1st Pitch at Saturday's World Series Game!

October 26, 2017

Hailey is coming by UNLV today to pick up her World Series hand, just in time to travel to Houston tomorrow, and throw out the first pitch at game 4 on Saturday! 

We thought we would share an early photo of Hailey when she threw her very first ball with her UNLV-created hand - can't wait to see what she has in store for us on Saturday!

Many have been inspired by her story, including Carter Evans with CBS This Morning who was out earlier this week talking with Hailey, UNLV Mechanical Engineering Department Chair, Brendan O’Toole, and engineering graduate student, Maria Gerardi. 

If you're inspired too, help us get the word out. Share this site with friends and family. Help us raise money so we can assist more children like Hailey and Sophia.

Thank you!


UNLV Students Creating Hailey's World Series Hand

October 18, 2017

UNLV students working on the college’s 3-D printed, robotic hand project have been busy creating a new version for Hailey’s World Series pitch next week!

Through each iteration, the goal is to improve fit and range of motion.

We were also very excited to welcome Chris Connelly of ESPN, and the producer and staff of their documentary series, E:60, to campus. They hung out with mechanical engineering chair Brendan O’Toole and got a front row seat to the process of making a 3-D printed hand! They’ll be following Hailey’s story over the next several months.

Don't forget to tune in next Saturday to the 4th game of the World Series to see Hailey's pitch! Tell you friends and encourage them to donate and help support our research so we can help more children like Hailey.

Second Child Gets Hand Thanks to Generous Donation

October 11, 2017

Last fall, representatives from AECOM came out to the lab where Hailey's hands are made and met Sophia, another young local girl who needed assistance.

Thanks to their generous donation of $5,000, UNLV was able to deliver a hand to her in spring! Mechanical engineering graduate student, Maria Gerardi, created a new design, which she's named the "M1", to provide even more flexibility and a better fit.

Thanks to donors like you, we'll be able to help more children and continue the research that leads to even better hand designs!

A Busy Week

September 26, 2017

It was a busy time for Hailey, her family, and the UNLV Engineering team last week! Even the UNLV Rebels Baseball team got involved.

The KLUC 98.5 Morning Zoo Crew invited them to be on air, and then Fox 5's Dave Hall talked to them LIVE from the studio! Hailey, her mom Yong, and UNLV Engineering graduate student Maria did great! - Watch the clip

The UNLV Rebels Baseball team, who have been big supporters of Hailey since the very beginning, took time to toss the ball and give Hailey some pointers on her upcoming World Series pitch. Erik Hilt from Fox 5 was out to capture it all. - Watch the clip

The weekend was capped off with a birthday celebration for Zach, Hailey's brother and pitcher's mound partner, who always accompanies her for her first pitches.

We're excited to see what the upcoming weeks bring! Please consider sharing our Rebel Raiser page with friends on social media so we can raise the funds we need to help other children like Hailey.



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High Five

Thank you for helping make robotic high fives a reality for children like Hailey!


All Ten Fingers

Each gift brings us closer to realizing our full campaign goal.



Building a hand requires effort, support and expertise from many throughout the community. Thank you for being a part of our team!



Each hand takes over 80 hours to fit, mold and produce. Your gift helps support the development of robotic 3-D printed prosthetic hands for children like Hailey!



The robotic hand has a series of small pulley systems that mimic fingers opening and closing. Research continues to improve the movement with eventual plans for a motorized system. Gifts at this level will impact continued research for more children.



Materials for each hand include special plastic compounds and movable joints that mimic knuckles. Your gift helps pay for materials to build the 3-D printed hands that enable children to grasp bicycle handles, throw baseballs, and even hold their parents' hands.



Initially, researchers thought that one of roughly 100 hand designs already developed and available to the public would be a perfect fit for Hailey. When none were, the team started from scratch, creating a customized hand blending design ideas and materials found around the world.



Each hand requires multiple versions and the current 3-D printer is shared. Gifts at this level will help bring a dedicated printer for Hailey's Hand research.


Whole Hand

A gift at this level provides a single child a 3-D printed hand! It covers the cost of materials, lab time and students. You have given a whole hand. Thank you!

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