Childhood cancer survivors design Oregon Ducks football uniform

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Doernbecher Freestyle University of Oregon
Doernbecher Freestyle University of Oregon
Doernbecher Freestyle University of Oregon
Nike unveiled a new football uniform designed for the University of Oregon through a partnership with OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, August 23, 2017. The uniform was designed through a collaboration between three Doernbecher patients, Nike designers and University of Oregon student athletes. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)

The Oregon Ducks, known for their vast array of innovative performance-enhancing uniform combinations, will wear gear designed by three young OHSU Doernbecher pediatric cancer survivors during their Sept. 9 game against the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers.

“This is the most important uniform that Oregon has ever worn,” said Nike Creative Director Todd Van Horne of the new University of Oregon football attire.

Doernbecher Freestyle University of Oregon
The Oregon Duck poses for a photo with patient designers (left to right) Joe MacDonald, Sophia Malinoski and Ethan Frank. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)

As a part of the Doernbecher Freestyle program, which has raised $17 million since 2004 to support programs at OHSU Doernbecher, Ethan Frank, Joe MacDonald and Sophia Malinoski drew from their personal medical journeys to create a robust design that features a customized camouflage print, a mirrored helmet and the return of the coveted Duck “wing” design. The overall theme clearly evokes the goal of the collection: win the game and the fight against cancer.

Beginning Sept. 4, sideline and fan gear, which includes a replica jersey and a special Nike Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 shoe, will be available for purchase on nike.com and at select retail stores. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, all proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer clinical care and research at OHSU Doernbecher.

Learn more about the uniform and apparel collection as well as the UO Doernbecher Freestyle process here. View a replay of the uniform reveal at OHSU Doernbecher here.

Additional Doernbecher Freestyle shoe and apparel collections, created by six other patient-designers, will be revealed Oct. 27 at the Portland Art Museum. 


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