Nike and the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital have linked up once again for their 2012 Freestyle Collection. As always, each of the sneakers in the Freestyle collection were designed by patients of the hospital and sales of the collection will go to benefit the hospital. This year’s Nike x Doernbecher Freestyle Collection features an Air Jordan 9 Retro, a Nike Air Force 1 Low, a Nike SB Dunk High, Nike Free Run+ 2, and a Nike Air Max 90 WMNS. The Nike x Doernbecher Freetsyle Collection release date is set for 11/30. Check out two pages of info including the official press release and official images below.
Nike and Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children’s Hospital are proud to unveil the 2012 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection, a unique collaboration that empowers patients through design to benefit the hospital.
Each year, the now ninth annual Doernbecher Freestyle Project partners Nike designers and developers with OHSU Doernbecher patients who have battled serious illness to create a shoe that is unique to each patient. The kids, however, are the real designers for the Project — they decide the colors, materials and details for each shoe to reflect their individual stories and personalities.
The Limited Edition Doernbecher Collection shoes will be sold at www.nike.com and at Nike retail locations across the country beginning Nov. 30 with all proceeds from sales of the shoes benefitting OHSU Doernbecher. To date, the program has raised more than $4 million.
The partnership between Nike and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore., began in 2004 and was inspired by a conversation that Nike Global Creative Presentation Director Michael Doherty, who serves on the Board of Directors of the Doernbecher Foundation, had with his then-teenage son about a creative way to raise awareness and funds for the hospital.
Doernbecher Nike Dunk Hi SB
Finnigan Mooney (10) was born with Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He’s toughed out more than 13 heart surgeries during his life, but his positive attitude and infectious sense of humor have remained unscathed. In addition to making new friends, he loves playing basketball, jumping on his trampoline, and perfecting his killer golf game. Finnigan’s design is representative of his sunny personality and smile, with an in-your-face yellow upper emblazoned with “THUMP THUMP” to pay homage to his unstoppable heart. The Nike swoosh is affixed with medical stitches to symbolize the stitches from his surgeries. His actual thumbprint appears on the outsole of the shoe—a nod to how Finnigan would always give his parents a thumbs-up when he came out of surgery. And paying tribute to his Irish heritage, Finnigan also included a shamrock on the tongue.
Women’s Nike Free Run+ 2 DB
Kylie Bell (16) is recovering from a brain tumor. It may have kept this young dancer off the floor for a while, but not for long. Her passion for performance found her back in action a mere two weeks after surgery. Kylie’s design includes lace panels that are exactly like the lace on one of Kylie’s favorite shirts. She chose a bird, representing freedom, to be featured on the tongue. The shoelaces and the inside of the shoe also feature the word “freedom” as well as “strength.” Kylie’s signature graces the sockliner and her favorite color, berry, makes the shoe worthy of center stage.
Nike Air Force I DB
Last January, Chad Berg (15) took a spill in his kayak and spent 90 minutes in the icy water. By the time he was rescued, he was in full cardiac arrest with no pulse and an internal temperature of 73 degrees. Essentially, he was lifeless. After nearly three hours of CPR, the medical team transferred Chad to Doernbecher and put him on a machine that could do the work for his heart and lungs while he recovered. Incredibly, he was back in action within two weeks with no neurological damage at all. Chad’s Air Force 1 design features green accents to pay tribute to his favorite collegiate team (the UO Ducks), carbon fiber panels, a glow-in-the-dark outsole, and his favorite saying on the sockliner: “The people who turn out the best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”