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Feb 25: Doernbecher Freestyle goes virtual

MEDIA ALERT: Beloved annual fundraiser to unveil, auction a limited-run, special-edition Nike sneaker to benefit OHSU Doernbecher; Virtually Freestyle event is free and open to the public for first time ever
Virtually Freestyle event logo with graphic outline of a sneaker.
Virtually Freestyle will take place Feb. 25, 2021 at 6pm.


Doernbecher Freestyle will look different this year. The event is going virtual, and, for the first time in Doernbecher Freestyle history. everyone is invited to join free of charge.

Media who attend Virtually Freestyle will:

  • Hear from alumni Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designers and other special guests.
  • Learn about the impact of the program from OHSU Doernbecher leaders.
  • Be among the first to see a limited run, special-edition sneaker that celebrates 17 years of Doernbecher Freestyle.

The special-edition sneaker will be auctioned off to the evening’s highest bidder. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a virtual “silent auction” to secure exclusive Doernbecher Freestyle gear.

All profits from the livestream auctions will benefit OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Online via LiveStream
Please register here to receive access to a free viewing link.

Since 2003, nearly 100 young patient-designers – all who have faced serious illness or injury – have participated in the Doernbecher Freestyle program to create internationally renowned Nike footwear and apparel collections that have all been auctioned and sold to benefit one cause: OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, the hospital that saved their lives.

To date, more than $27 million has been raised by the program to support high-quality clinical care and innovative scientific research, and to train future health care professionals. The donation, resulting from retail sales of the 2019 Doernbecher Freestyle collection will be announced during the livestream.

Until it is safe to gather in person, Doernbecher Freestyle will come together virtually to celebrate and reflect on all of the remarkable young patients who have courageously and creatively shared their personal stories of strength, teamwork and inspiration. 

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