The Nike Free 5.0 Doernbecher by Lizzy Olivan is part of this year’s Nike Doernbecher 2015 Freestyle Collection.
Lizzy is a cheerful, funny girl with a beautiful smile and some serious tap dancing skills. When she’s not on stage, she’s jumping rope with her best friend — they’ve been known to reach 200 jumps without stopping — and hanging out with her family. One year ago, Lizzy was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her dream of becoming a professional dancer.
Throughout her cancer treatments, Lizzy has worked hard to stay positive. “It really makes a difference,” she says. “Instead of being scared, I just try to think about all the good things in my life, like my awesome family or getting to design my own shoe.”
For Lizzy, the best part about being a Freestyle designer was the chance to inspire other young patients and give back to the doctors she credits with saving her life. “They’ve all been super nice and supportive,” she affirms. “I actually enjoy going to my appointments now because of all the wonderful people there.”
Lizzy’s shoe, the Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 5, is a bold, bright testament to her strength that celebrates her life in the spotlight. On the back heel, a glow-in-the-dark dancer busts a move, while sparkly laces twinkle like Lizzy’s many dance trophies. Take a second look at the Swoosh logo, and you’ll catch Lizzy’s name in block print. And in the fabric print, Lizzy’s powerful motto shines: STAY STRONG. DANCE ON.
While Lizzy has a little over one year of treatment ahead, she feels ready to lace up her tap shoes. “I’ve been blessed with so much through this journey,” she explains. “I have learned a lot and have a wonderful family and great little sister who have supported me all the time. It’s also made me realize that even when things get tough, you can still find a way to dance and sparkle.”
Nike WMNS Free 5.0 TR Fit 5 Doernbecher Release Date
The Nike WMNS Free 5.0 TR Fit 5 “Doernbecher” will be available beginning Sunday, November 21st at select Nike retail stores, with all proceeds from the sales of the entire collection benefitting OHSU Doernbecher. The retail price tag is set at $110 USD.
Nike WMNS Free 5.0 TR Fit 5 “Doernbecher”
November 21, 2015
Lizzy Olivan, 11