The annual Doernbecher Freestyle Project between Nike and Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is in its ninth year now, allowing children battling serious illness to select and design their own Nike shoes: they pick the colors, materials and details for each silhouette to reflect their individual stories and personalities. For this go-round, the sneaker styles include a Dunk Hi SB, women’s Nike Free Run+ 2 DB, Air Force 1 DB, women’s Air Max 90 DB, Free Run + 2 DB and Air Jordan 9 Retro DB. The collection is scheduled to launch through Nike retail locations nationwide and online starting November 30th, with all proceeds from sales of the shoes going to OHSU Doernbecher. The program has raised more than $4 million to date. Continue reading for a close-up look at the shoes, accompanied by an introduction to the talented designer behind each pair.
Release Date: November 30th, 2012 (Friday)
Doernbecher Nike Dunk Hi SB
Finnigan Mooney (10) was born with Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He’s toughed out more than 13 heart surgeries during his life, but his positive attitude and infectious sense of humor have remained unscathed. In addition to making new friends, he loves playing basketball, jumping on his trampoline, and perfecting his killer golf game. Finnigan’s design is representative of his sunny personality and smile, with an in-your-face yellow upper emblazoned with “THUMP THUMP” to pay homage to his unstoppable heart. The Nike swoosh is affixed with medical stitches to symbolize the stitches from his surgeries. His actual thumbprint appears on the outsole of the shoeâ€”a nod to how Finnigan would always give his parents a thumbs-up when he came out of surgery. And paying tribute to his Irish heritage, Finnigan also included a shamrock on the tongue.