History of the collaboration:
Doernbecher Freestyle was created in 2004 when Doernbecher Foundation board member Michael Doherty invited one of Nike's shoe designers to take a tour of the hospital. It was designer Marcus Tayui's vision to see patients design shoes with the proceeds benefiting the hospital that in many cases has saved their lives.
Part of the program involves a launch party held in October where more than 300 business and community leaders come together to see the shoes, bid on limited pairs and meet the patients/designers in person.
Now in its seventh year, this extraordinary program has raised over $2.4 million for the hospital, which uses the funds for everything from clinical programs and hospital construction to providing care for uninsured children. This year's patient designers come from Doernbecher's cancer, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery and nephrology programs.
This year's Air Jordan was designed by
Name: Cole Johanson
Hometown: Portland, OR