Doernbecher Freestyle supporters from all over the world gathered virtually on Feb. 25 to get their first look at the highly anticipated Doernbecher Freestyle XVII collection.
Showcasing vibrant colorways; unique materials; messages of hope, bravery and gratitude; and, even an ode to mac ‘n’ cheese, each creative Nike sneaker and apparel design represents the journeys of the inspirational young OHSU Doernbecher patients who created them.
Seven exclusive Doernbecher Freestyle XVII packages featuring the unique designs of Ayman, Catalina, Cidni, Maylee, Michael, Sam David and Zoe — each pair vetted and badged with eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee — will launch on eBay at 4 p.m. PST Saturday, Feb. 26, and remain available until 4 p.m. PST Saturday, March 5. For the eBay auction, the OHSU Foundation has partnered with online charity auction management agency Matchfire.
The full collection will also be available in Nike retail stores, select retailers and at Nike.com later this spring.
All funds raised through the Doernbecher Freestyle program benefit OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Nike additionally donates 100% of the profits from retail sales of the collection to the hospital to help patients and staff in a variety of ways, from the delivery and discovery of advanced clinical treatment, to emotional support and advocacy that helps to lift spirits and spread hope.
Since its inception in 2004, Doernbecher Freestyle has raised more than $30 million.
“Without philanthropy like this generous partnership with Nike, its retailers and the Doernbecher Freestyle program, OHSU Doernbecher might not be able to deliver the exceptional care that we are honored to provide children across Oregon and the region,” says Dana Braner, M.D., FAAP, FCCM, Credit Unions for Kids chair and professor of pediatrics (critical care) in the OHSU School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief for OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. “This program is not only a joy for our patients to participate in, the support it provides is also vital to helping children who become our patients in the future.”