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Nike Doernbecher Freestyle 2016 Designers

Nike has officially announced the six kids that will be designing the 2016 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection from the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s hospital.

Each child has a story which will be interpreted through a pair of sneakers and apparel from Nike. Currently the announcement of which sneakers each child is designing has yet to take place, the auction will take place on October 28th, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

This marks the 13th edition of the Nike Doernbecher Freestyle Collection which as you probably expected, we will another sold-out release. Below you can read a bit more about each kid partaking in the latest series. As always, make sure to check back with us for additional updates.

Nike Doernbecher Freestyle 2016 Designers

Corwin Carr Nike Doernbecher Freestyle 2016
Corwin Carr, 11, Hood River, Oregon
Diagnosis: VATERS Syndrome, Prune Belly
What do you want to be when you grow up? A pilot
Hero: My mom
Favorite hobby: Legos

“Corwin is a delightful boy with an exuberance for life, despite the many issues related to his complicated medical condition. He is gregarious and creative, and is always engaged with intriguing projects whether at home, school, or the hospital.” – Amira Al-Uzri, M.D., and David Rozansky, M.D., Ph.D., Division of Pediatric Nephrology, OHSU Doernbecher

Andy Grass Nike Doernbecher Freestyle 2016
Andy Grass, 11, Beaverton, Oregon
Diagnosis: Trauma
What do you want to be when you grow up? NBA player and a physical therapist
Hero: Aunt Peggy
Favorite hobby: Playing basketball and baseball

“Throughout a very difficult hospitalization and prolonged recovery, Andy has remained incredibly resilient and positive. He is a fighter and serves as a true inspiration to his health care team, family and friends.” – Aileen Kirby, M.D., Division of Pediatric Critical Care, OHSU Doernbecher

Chehayla Hyatt Nike Doernbecher Freestyle 2016
Chehayla Hyatt, 10, Salem, Oregon
Diagnosis: Cystic Fibrosis
What do you want to be when you grow up? Work at a zoo, or be a “YouTube-er”
Hero: My dog
Favorite hobby: Playing videogames

“People are immediately drawn to Chehayla’s spunk, creativity and passion for life. She is an amazing educator and advocate in the Cystic Fibrosis community and exudes inspiration, courage and determination to those around her.”– Michael Powers M.D., Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, OHSU Doernbecher; and Emily Somervell, medical social worker, OHSU Doernbecher

Damien Phillips Nike Doernbecher Freestyle 2016
Damien Phillips, 10, Terrebonne, Oregon
Diagnosis: Hemophilia A Severe
What do you want to be when you grow up? A scientist or NBA player
Hero: Uncle Mark
Favorite hobby: Playing the guitar

“Damien is a natural leader. He is eager to share his experiences living with an isolating condition so that others may learn from and understand the challenges and opportunities of living with a severe bleeding disorder. He is inspiring, courageous and dedicated.” – Michael Recht, M.D., Ph. D., Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, OHSU Doernbecher

Braylin Soon Nike Doernbecher Freestyle
Braylin Soon, 10, Portland, Oregon
Diagnosis: Autoimmune Hepatitis, liver transplant
What do you want to be when you grow up? Actress
Hero: Ironman and Dr. Garcia
Favorite hobby: Acting

“Braylin’s outlook on life, and the way she has taken control of her disease, is a true inspiration to everyone she meets. She has never let her disease define who she is, nor has she ever let it get in the way of pursuing her wildest dreams.” – Amy Garcia M.D., Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, OHSU Doernbecher

Chase Sweringen Nike Doernbecher Freestyle 2016
Chase Swearingen, 14, Jewell, Oregon
Diagnosis: Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus
What do you want to be when you grow up? Neuropsychologist or Web designer
Hero: Dr. Selden
Favorite hobby: Legos

“Chase is an extraordinary kid. He is thoughtful and determined, and has a strong interest in his condition, which has allowed him to overcome and exceed all expectations. There is a bright future ahead for Chase.” – Nate Selden, M.D., Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, OHSU Doernbecher