The Nike Doernbecher Freestyle XIX Collection is a testament to the remarkable creative talents of the young patients at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, where six unique Nike sneaker designs have come to life. This heartwarming collaboration between Nike and the hospital not only represents style and innovation but also embodies the spirit of resilience and hope, with the collection comprising the Air Jordan 3, Nike Air Max 1 '86, Nike Dunk High, Nike Cortez, Nike Go FlyEase, and the Nike ACG Mountain Fly 2 Low.
Every year, these talented children play a crucial role in crafting this special Doernbecher Freestyle collection, and all profits from its sales directly benefit the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, making it a noble cause. These young designers share their stories, inspirations, and creativity through their unique designs, bringing to life a diverse collection of sneakers that tell heartfelt tales.
This remarkable initiative has raised over $33 million to date, making a tangible difference in the lives of countless children. Each sneaker in this year's collection has its unique narrative, showcasing the incredible grace and courage of the young designers, who have overcome challenging medical journeys and found inspiration in their passions and support systems. These sneakers offer a glimpse into the world of these remarkable kids and inspire us to appreciate their strength, hope, and individuality.
Nike Doernbecher Freestyle XIX 2023 Collection Release Date
The Nike Doernbecher Freestyle XIX Collection is set to release December 2nd, 2023 via Nike.com.
Hugo Covarrubias Molina: Air Jordan 3 Retro “Doernbecher XIX”
We have Hugo “Juice” Covarrubias Molina, who, despite being diagnosed with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome, has embraced his uniqueness and designed a shoe that encourages others to do the same. The shoe's vibrant green and blue colors match the Seattle Seahawks' jersey, which Hugo loves. His passion for gold chains is evident in the unique gold-plated hangtag that can double as a pendant. The shoe also features his personal handwritten motto, "It’s OK to be different," and an eye-catching green drip pattern. Hugo's apparel collection includes a matching Jordan Flight Fleece Pullover Hoodie and Pant set.
Macey Bodily: Nike Dunk High “Doernbecher XIX”
Macey Bodily, guided by the motto "She believed she could, so she did," celebrates her journey as a brain cancer survivor with a flower-powered shoe. The grey ribbon on the upper represents her status, and inside the shoe, you'll find the recipe for her world-famous chocolate chip cookies. The Macey Bodily x Nike Doernbecher XIX collection includes a crossbody bag with the phrase found on the sole of the shoe, “She believed she could so she did,” as well as a Hooded Sweatshirt with a floral Swoosh.
Hailey Leyva: Nike Air Max 1 ’86 “Doernbecher XIX”
Hailey Leyva, another remarkable patient, has undergone five surgeries to fix the valves of her heart after being diagnosed with congenital cyanotic heart disease. Her shoe design honors her medical journey with a heart-inspired theme. Shiny gold accents reflect her sparkly personality, and she has even included mix-and-match charms inspired by her favorite things. Alongside the release of the Hailey Leyva x Nike Air Max 1 '86 will be a matching Club Fleece Full Zip Hoodie and Backpack.
Sydney Little: Nike Cortez “Doernbecher XIX”
Sydney Little, a talented artist and competitive swimmer, refuses to let her juvenile idiopathic arthritis slow her down. Her design is a walking masterpiece, featuring her hand-drawn artwork and interchangeable patches on the heel. The shoe even mimics water droplets with resin dots and has glow-in-the-dark elements. Also releasing will be a T-shirt and Fleece Pants, highlighting the motivational phrase "Keep Swimming."
Christopher Musquiz Jr.: Nike Go FlyEase “Doernbecher XIX”
Chris Musquiz Jr., despite losing his leg in an accident, celebrates his love for Japanese culture with his shoe. It features a wave pattern, a kimono-inspired design, and a graphic of Mt. Fuji. Inside the shoe, you'll find a friendly panda, his favorite animal. For the Christopher Musquiz Jr. apparel collection, Chris’ jersey represents his favorite NFL team, the Las Vegas Raiders, while also featuring a reference to his nickname “Dude."
Garrett Amerson: Nike ACG Mountain Fly 2 Low “Doernbecher XIX”
Garrett Amerson, who was born prematurely, showcases the Pacific Northwest's beauty with his shoe, featuring trees, mountains, and a waterfall. He even added realistic mud splatters, making it worry-free to wear. The Garret Amerson x Nike Doernbecher XIX collection will also include a Windrunner Jacket that features Zeus, a nod to his desired superpower, and a hat that hosts chess pieces, which pays tribute to the game of chess that he enjoys playing with his grandfather.