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Nike Reveals 2018 Doernbecher Collection

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The Nike Doernbecher 2018 Collection has been unveiled, designed by six young patients of the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

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This year’s Nike Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designers are Chloe Swientek designed the Nike Air Force 1 Low, Donovon Dinneen, designed the Air Jordan 15, Joey Bates designed the Nike SB Dunk Low, Kirsten Brown designed the Nike Air Max 97, Aiden Barber designed the Nike Air Max 270, an Payton Fentress designed the Nike Zoom Fly.

Each release will come with matching apparel and accessories all designed by the kids taking part of this collection.

Nike Doernbecher 2018 Collection Release Date

Look for the Nike 2018 Doernbecher Collection to release in adult and youth sizes on December 14th at select retailers and The full apparel collection will launch December 15th.

Nike Doernbecher 2018 Collection
Release Date: December 14, 2016

Chloe Swientek, 10

Chloe Swientek Nike Air Force 1 Low Doernbecher

Nike WMNS Air Force 1 Low Doernbecher
Color: Deep Royal Blue/Clear-Light Photo Blue-White-University Red
Style Code: BV7165-400
Release Date: December 14, 2018
Price: $90

Chloe Swientek Nike Air Force 1 Low Doernbecher

The shoe features the word breathe, the genetic mutations that cause Chloe’s CF appear on the tongue, and a pair of lungs are tucked away on the sockliner. Replicated on the outsole is Chloe’s port, an implanted device that makes it easier for her to receive medications. And on the midsole, a special message shares Chloe’s greatest wish: Cure CF.

Chloe isn’t about to let her disease get in the way of doing the things she loves, like playing soccer and basketball. (That’s her jersey number on the toebox.) Besides playing sports, she enjoys drawing, reading, and making people smile. In fact, she says it’s one of her greatest talents.

Donovon Dinneen, 11

Donovon Dinneen Air Jordan 15 Doernbecher

Air Jordan 15 Doernbecher
Color: Black/Metallic Gold-White
Style Code: BV7107-017
Release Date: December 14, 2018
Price: $190

Donovon Dinneen Air Jordan 15 Doernbecher Release Date

Donovon’s bold shoe is a tribute to his incredible strength. In a nod to his favorite anime series, the upper features rich black suede embossed with a dragon-scale pattern. Gold metallic accents include Donovon’s birthday and the Japanese symbol for protection. But the real action is on the sockliner; that’s where you’ll find Donovon’s fierce alter ego, Donoku. He explains,

“He has powers to protect people, like keeping them safe from getting sick.”

When he’s not designing super-powered shoes, Donovon loves reading books, playing basketball, and spending time with his close-knit family. “He loves his brothers so much,” says his mom, Shawnda. “He hugs them every morning when they wake up.”

Joey Bates, 12

Joey Bates Nike SB Dunk Low Doernbecher

Nike SB Dunk Pro Low Doernbecher
Color: Fir/University Gold-Metallic Gold
Style Code: BV8740-377
Release Date: December 14, 2018
Price: $90

Joey Bates Nike SB Dunk Low Doernbecher Release Date

An epic battle is being waged on the soles of Joey Bates’ shoes—a battle between two galactic chickens. (Stay with us here.) This creative kid decided to combine his passion for Star Wars with his love for chicken, so he designed an evil chicken character from the dark side, and a heroic chicken from the light side. “They represent dark and light meat,” Joey explains with a smile.

When Joey was four his mom, Amber, noticed that he was having trouble keeping up with his friends on the playground. A long series of medical tests revealed that Joey has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disease that makes his body progressively weaker.

It hasn’t been easy, but Joey chooses to focus on the good stuff in his life, like hanging out with his two brothers and cheering on his favorite athlete, Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers. Matthews is a longtime supporter of kids who battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy, so Joey decided to thank him by adding colors inspired by his team and jersey number to the shoe.

Kirsten Brown, 16

Kirsten Brown Nike Air Max 97 Doernbecher

Nike WMNS Air Max 97 Doernbecher
Color: Black/Metallic Silver-Fuchsia Glow-Aurora Green
Style Code: BV7114-001
Release Date: December 14, 2018
Price: $170

Kirsten Brown Nike Air Max 97 Doernbecher

Kirsten describes herself as a survivor, which she expressed with a bold SRVVR graphic on the upper of her shoe. On the outsole of one shoe, a green ribbon stands for heart transplant awareness. On the other, a red ribbon represents stroke awareness. She also threw in accents of her favorite color, lavender. “I wanted to educate people about my condition, but I also wanted to make a really cool shoe,” she explains.

Although she’s still in recovery, this witty, well-spoken girl is enjoying getting back to regular teen life—going to the movies with friends, eating pizza, and rooting for her little brother Charles at his baseball games. As for her perpetually positive attitude, she says the secret is simple: Make other people happy.

Aiden Barber, 9

Aiden Barber Nike Air Max 270 Doernbecher

Nike Air Max 270 Doernbecher
Color: Black/Metallic Gold-Medium Olive-Fauna Brown-Desert
Style Code: BV7112-001
Release Date: December 14, 2018
Price: $150

Aiden Barber Nike Air Max 270 Doernbecher Release Date

His camouflage kicks feature a cool image of his brain, complete with small titanium plates now implanted in his skull. You’ll also find the initials AB, which have a special significance. Not only are they Aiden’s initials, they’re also the initials of his beloved big sister Abigail, who is exactly one year older than him. (They share the same birthday!)

While the AB represents Aiden and Abigail’s initials, it also stands for his powerful personal motto, Always Believe.

Payton Fentress, 12

Payton Fentress Nike Zoom Fly Doernbecher

Nike Zoom Fly SP Doernbecher
Color: White/Habanero Red-Green Shock-Blue Hero
Style Code: BV8734-100
Release Date: December 14, 2018
Price: $170

Payton Fentress Nike Zoom Fly Doernbecher Release Date

Remember Payton Fentress’ name, because this talented young athlete has set his sights on a baseball career. A true sports fan, his shoe is a walking hall of fame, paying homage to some of the greatest moments of his favorite teams. (Like the championship dates of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Chicago Cubs.)

Payton was sidelined for a while in 2010 when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and colitis. Eight years later, he has the disease under control with the help of monthly medication infusions at Doernbecher. “They’re so nice there,” he said. “The doctors always remember my name, and I like hanging out with the therapy dogs.”

Now that he’s feeling better, this friendly, outgoing kid is back to enjoying his all-time favorite meal, a hamburger and fries. He also loves practicing his guitars (he plays both acoustic and electric) and dreams of traveling to Japan someday.

Nike Doernbecher 2018 Collection Release Date

Mario Briguglio
Mario Briguglio
Founder and Editor in Chief. My passion for sneakers started at age 6 and now I've turned my passion into a profession. Favorite Kicks - Air Jordan 3 "Black Cement"

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