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9-Year-Old Helps Design for Nike

A 9-year-old in White City is now a shoe and clothing designer for Nike.

Posted: Nov 21, 2018 6:23 PM

WHITE CITY, ORE,--A 9-year-old in White City is now a shoe and clothing designer for Nike. 

Aiden Barber was nominated by his doctor shortly after completing a ten-hour brain surgery. His fighting spirit and quick recovery after the surgery showed Aiden was the perfect fit for the Doernbecher Freestyle Program.

The annual program gives young patients at OHSU an opportunity to design shoes and clothing or Nike to sell both in stores and online. All of the sales from the merchandise will go directly to Doernbecher. 

Aiden and his family also attended an auction where his designs brought in eighty thousand dollars for the hospital. 

Sharee Barber, Aiden's mom says "I never thought in my wildest dreams that he could contribute that much, but there are some amazing people that participate in helping Nike." 

Aiden's design feature bright gold and camoflauge mixed together on items like sweatshirts and backpacks. He says he picked gold because it's his favorite color and camoflauge to remind him of his cousin. He also chose to add the words that say "Always Believe" on some of the merchandise. "There's AB and the Nike logo and also my brain," says Aiden. 

The Doernbecher Freestyle Program merchandise will be available for purchase starting December 15th. Aiden and his family will travel up to Portland to be there on the day of the unveiling where he will sign autographs. 

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