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Doernbecher Freestyle XIX: Meet this year’s patient-designers

Longstanding partnership with Nike has raised more than $33 million for OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
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This year’s patient-designers are pictured from left to right: Hugo Covarrubias Molina, a young boy with short dark hair; Hailey Leyva, a young girl with shoulder-length brown hair; Garrett Amerson, a young boy with short, sandy blonde hair; Macey Bodily, a young girl with long brown hair; Christopher Musquiz Jr., a young boy with short brown hair; Sydney Little, a young girl with long brown hair pulled back in a ponytail.
On Friday, October 27, six young patients from OHSU Doernbecher will reveal their personally designed Nike sneaker, apparel and equipment collections. The Doernbecher Freestyle XIX patient-designers are: Sydney Little, Macey Bodily, Hailey Leyva, Hugo Covarrubias Molina, Christopher Musquiz Jr. and Garrett Amerson.

The Doernbecher Freestyle program is back for its 19th year, with six new patient-designers ready to share their inspiring stories and unique designs with the world.

As part of a partnership between Nike and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, the Doernbecher Freestyle program provides the opportunity for young patients to collaborate with Nike creative teams to design their own limited-edition collection — including footwear, apparel and equipment — with all profits benefiting the hospital. The big reveal of the full collection is slated for October 27.

Over the years, Freestyle has featured the incredible stories and creativity of more than 116 young patient-designers, as well as hundreds of Nike employee-volunteers, and engaged thousands of generous donors and community members.

The sought-after collections have been auctioned and sold — with Nike donating 100% of the retail profits — to help raise more than $33 million for the children’s hospital. These funds help cover the cost of care for families in need, expand pioneering research that benefits kids around the world and supports specialized care unavailable anywhere else in the region.

“Freestyle is always my favorite night of the year. These kids are undergoing extraordinary and challenging health journeys, so it’s incredibly rewarding to share with them this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said 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 of OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. “Freestyle allows Doernbecher to deliver exceptional care to children across Oregon and the region, and we’re so grateful for the community support and industry partnerships that make this program possible.”

Meet the Doernbecher Freestyle XIX patient-designers:

 

Sydney Little, a young girl with long brown hair pulled back in a ponytail

Sydney Little 

Age: 14

Hometown: Portland, Oregon 

Diagnosis: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis 

Fun fact #1: Her favorite sport is swimming.

Fun fact #2: Her hero is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and she hopes to be a lawyer when she grows up.

Fun fact #3: Her favorite hobby is drawing and her most prized possession is her sketchbook.

 

Macey Bodily, a young girl with long brown hair

Macey Bodily 

Age: 15

Hometown: Yacolt, Washington 

Diagnosis: Brain tumor, narcolepsy

Fun fact #1: Her favorite color is pink.

Fun fact #2: Her perfect day would include sleeping in and baking.

Fun fact #3: Her favorite subjects in school are art and American Sign Language, or ASL — she hopes to be an ASL interpreter when she grows up.

 

Hailey Leyva, a young girl with shoulder-length brown hair

Hailey Leyva 

Age:

Hometown: Clackamas, Oregon 

Diagnosis: Congenital cyanotic heart disease 

Fun fact #1: Her favorite sport is gymnastics.

Fun fact #2: When she grows up, she hopes to be a nurse.

Fun fact #3: Her perfect day would be spent playing with her friends.

 

Hugo Covarrubias Molina, a young boy with short dark hair

Hugo Covarrubias Molina 

Age: 14

Hometown: Hermiston, Oregon 

Diagnosis: Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome 

Fun fact #1: His favorite sports are football and basketball.

Fun fact #2: When he grows up, he dreams of owning his own barber shop.

Fun fact #3: His favorite food is Chinese food — specifically pork fried rice and General Tso’s chicken.

 

Christopher Musquiz, Jr., a young boy with short brown hair

Christopher Musquiz, Jr. 

Age: 14

Hometown: Winston, Oregon 

Diagnosis: Traumatic accident

Fun fact #1: His favorite sport is football.

Fun fact #2: His favorite hobby is woodworking.

Fun fact #3: His perfect day would be spent at the beach with his family.

 

Garrett Amerson, a young boy with short, sandy blonde hair

Garrett Amerson 

Age: 12 

Hometown: Yamhill, Oregon 

Diagnosis: Extreme prematurity

Fun fact #1: He loves playing board games like chess.

Fun fact #2: He collects hats.

Fun fact #3: His favorite subject in school is science, and he hopes to be a scientist when he grows up.

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