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Young Southern Oregon Patients will Design New Nike Shoes

Two patients of Doernbecher Children's Hospital, both from Southern Oregon, will have a chance to tell their stories through special Nike shoes and apparel.

Posted: Jun 15, 2018 11:59 AM
Updated: Jun 15, 2018 12:01 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Two young patients of OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital will have their chance to design Nike shoes through the hospital's 2018 Doernbecher Freestyle program.

9-year-old Aiden Barber of Central Point and 10-year-old Donovon Dinneen of Riddle join four other young patients as this year's "patient designers."

According to OHSU, the Freestyle program draws on each patient-designer's personal story, medical history, and future hopes—combining them into an artistic style for Nike shoes and apparel. Those special designs are then auctioned off and sold to raise money for the Children's Hospital.

The six special collections will also be available for purchase on Nike's website and at some retail locations this year.

The Doernbecher Freestyle program started 15 years ago, and has raised nearly $20 million for the hospital.

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