The 2017 Doernbecher Freestyle collection features a self-inspired superhero, a passion for baseball, a guardian angel, a reminder to be kind, a tribute to a life-saving twin sister and love for a supportive family.
At an annual auction event held Friday at the Portland Art Museum, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Nike unveiled six new, limited-edition footwear and apparel designs created by hospital patients Andrew, Tylan, Amyiah, Brayden, Carissa and Brody.
While, over the past 14 years, Doernbecher Freestyle has captured the attention of sneaker lovers and collectors nationwide, the program offers far more than a cool collection of shoes, hoodies, leggings, socks and hats, says Dana Braner, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.C.M., Credit Unions for Kids chair and professor of pediatrics (critical care), OHSU School of Medicine; and physical-in-chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. “Each year, Doernbecher Freestyle represents, celebrates and immortalizes the personal stories, medical journeys and collective strength of not only the six patient-designers, but all of the incredible children that OHSU Doernbecher cares for.”
And, that’s not all. The program also serves as a way for these creative patient-designers to give back to the hospital that saved their lives. Since its inception in 2004, the Doernbecher Freestyle program has raised nearly $20 million through auction and retail sales, to help OHSU Doernbecher expand pioneering research and clinical care, purchase state-of-the-art equipment, recruit new experts and help cover the cost of care for families in need. Friday's event alone raised $1.4 million.
To learn more about the 2017 Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designers and collection, visit Nike News.
2017 Doernbecher Freestyle shoe and apparel designs will be available for retail on Nike.com and at select Nike retail locations and partner stores nationwide later this year. All proceeds benefit OHSU Doernbecher.