Since 2004, Nike and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital have teamed up to give sick children an exclusive opportunity to design their very own Nike sneakers. All profits from this collection go to the hospital. Since its debut, the Doernbecher Freestyle initiative has generated nearly $24 million USD. Take a complete look at the Doernbecher Freestyle 2019 Collection.

Doernbecher Freestyle 2019 Collection


This year, six patients have created one of the most colorful and imaginative collection that the initiative has ever seen. For them, it is a dream come true.

Known as “The Super Six”, this year’s children channeled their inner pain to create sneakers called: The Empath, The Beacon, The Speed Demon, The Heavy Hitter, The Daredevil and The Fighter. The collection highlights their perpetual fight against their health issues.

Each design comes with details referencing “The Super Six’s battle”. Plus, every sneaker highlights a strong child, his disease and his inspiring story.

Serious diseases such as type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, congenital heart defect, kidney cancer, brain cancer, and Hodgkin lymphoma are highlighted in the Doernbecher Freestyle 2019 Collection.

The Sneakers


There are 6 sneakers included in the 2019 Doernbecher Freestyle collection. Each one is created by an inspiring child.

Sawyer Miller, 12 y/o, is fighting against brain cancer. He created a sneaker called “The Daredevil” using a Nike Zoom Pegasus 2 silhouette.

Desiree Castillo, 12 y/o, is fighting against Type I diabetes, celiac disease and depression. She created a sneaker called “The Empath” using a Nike SB Zoom Janoski RM silhouette.

Kahleah Corona, 11 y/o, suffers from a traumatic brain injury following a terrible car accident. She created a shoe called “The Beacon” using a Nike React Element 55 silhouette.

Bransen Fernando, 13 y/o, suffered from bilateral kidney cancer and received a kidney transplant in 2018. He created a sneaker entitled “The Heavy Hitter” using an Air Max Trial 96 Silhouette.

Zion Thompson, 14 y/o, suffers from Hodgkin lymphoma. She created a sneaker called “The Fighter” using a Nike Air Force 1 LV8 silhouette.

Ethan Ellis, 16 y/o, suffers from a congenital heart defect. He created a shoe entitled “The Speed Demon” using a Nike Air Jordan XIV Retro Silhouette.

Each iteration holds personal details of the life of their respective child designer. Make sure to read the story behind them, they are incredibly inspiring. Here’s a complete look at the Doernbecher Freestyle 2019 Collection.

Release Date Doernbecher Freestyle 2019 Collection

The Doernbecher Freestyle 2019 will be available on as well as at select stores on December 7. For more info or to make a donation go to

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