Sometimes social media reminds us that the world isn’t a completely horrible place. Case in point, it introduced us to 7-year-old Hailey Dawson. Born with Poland Syndrome, a birth defect that causes underdevelopment of the chest muscles, Hailey is missing 3 fingers on her right hand as a result of this rare disease. But that doesn’t stop her from following her dreams.
After receiving a 3-D printed hand from UNLV in 2015, Hailey has been showing the world what she can do; and that includes playing baseball. Hailey has thrown out the first pitches at MLB’s Nationals and Orioles games, but she wants to keep going. Her goal is to set the world record for the most first pitches thrown and after the Bleacher Report released a viral video about Hailey’s inspirational story, the internet has been crying. Not only are we overcome with the feels, but MLB teams are RESPONDING!
Just DM us with your info and we’re in! ⚾️
— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 8, 2017
We’ve got a first pitch with Hailey’s name on it! Please DM us her information so we can reach out
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) September 7, 2017
This is the best! DM us her info.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 8, 2017
We’d love to make it happen! Please DM us her info.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) September 7, 2017
Wait, it gets even better. Not only have the majority of MLB’s 30 teams responded, but other companies are even stepping up to the plate to help make Hailey’s dream come true.
We’d like to welcome the family to W Seattle and cover their stay here while she throws out the first pitch! DM us too!
— W Seattle (@wseattle) September 12, 2017
This is an example of how the internet can be used for the greater good, and people can’t handle it.
me looking at all the responses from the teams pic.twitter.com/9p331GdkWf
— Spoopy Emma West (@emmamwest21) September 7, 2017
Me right now: pic.twitter.com/VfZiNzYZKO
— Caylee (@_Cay_B) September 8, 2017
But wait, it STILL gets better! Not only is Hailey making her way through the lineup of teams, but she is throwing out the first pitch at game 4 of The World Series… The WORLD SERIES! This little girl is making her way in the big leagues. Way to go Hailey, we are all rooting for you!