The collaboration between Nike and Portland’s OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital has spanned almost two decades, resulting in the creation of the Doernbecher Freestyle collection. This partnership, which sees patient-designed collections released annually, has so far raised over $33 million for the hospital, an impressive feat made even more remarkable by the fact that 100% of the profits are donated to Doernbecher.
In 2023, the 19th entry in the series, the Doernbecher Freestyle XIX Collection, features designs by patients Garrett Amerson, Macey Bodily, Hailey Leyva, Sydney Little, Hugo Covarrubias Molina, and Christopher Musquiz Jr. Their unique creations include not only footwear, but also apparel and equipment, each expressing their individual journeys and personalities.
Earlier this week, the Hypebeast team reviewed over 100 shoes from the program, providing a comprehensive look at the various collections to date. An upcoming auction will showcase this year’s collection in full, before its retail release scheduled for December.
Nike ACG Mountain Fly 2 Low by Garrett Amerson
Nike Dunk High by Macey Bodily
Macey Bodily bravely battled brain cancer and channeled her love for baking into the design of the Nike Dunk High for her collection. The shoe presents a floral pattern hand-painted by the 15-year-old and also features her personal motto, “She believed she could, so she did,” engraved on the midsole.
Nike Air Max 1 ’86 by Hailey Leyva
Hailey Leyva, despite having undergone five heart surgeries at just eight years old, designed the Nike Air Max 1 ’86 focusing on the heart as her collection theme. The design represents a day at a beach, captured with a wave pattern on the upper and an anatomical heart logo drawn by her doctor to explain the surgery process on her unique heart.
Nike Cortez by Sydney Little
Fourteen-year-old Sydney Little, who lives with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, has designed the Nike Cortez in a manner that truly reflects her positivity. Featuring a white and green colorway decorated with a hand-drawn floral print of her favorite flower, the hibiscus, the shoe seeks to brighten the day of the wearer.
Air Jordan 3 by Hugo Covarrubias Molina
Hugo “Juice” Covarrubias Molina, who lives with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome, has designed the Air Jordan 3 with a special drip design and the motto “It’s OK to be different” featured on the translucent green outsole. Inspired by his love for the Seattle Seahawks, he’s infused the team’s colors into his creation.
Nike Go FlyEase by Christopher Musquiz Jr.
Christopher Musquiz Jr., who lost his leg in an accident but overcame the odds with extraordinary courage, draws upon his love for Japanese culture to create a pair of Nike Go FlyEases. His design depicts his ideal day at a beach, with a wave pattern on the upper of the shoe.
Q1: When will the Doernbecher Freestyle XIX Collection be released?
A: The full retail release of the collection is scheduled for December 2023.
Q2: Who designed the collections in the Doernbecher series?
A: Each collection is designed by patients from the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Q3: How much money has the Nike Doernbecher Freestyle program raised over the years?
A: To date, the program has raised over $33 million for the hospital.
Q4: What is the inspiration behind the designs?
A: Each shoe design is unique, inspired by the individual journeys and personalities of the young patients who designed them.