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A partnership that began in 2004 following a Nike shoe designer’s visit to its Portland, Oregon location, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Nike previewed its latest Doernbecher Freestyle 2011 partnership collection this past weekend at the Portland Art Museum. Each year, Doernbecher Hospital physicians and staff carefully nominate a handful of its patients to travel to the Nike campus and become “Freestyle designers” where they meet a design mentor and are given free artistic license to brainstorm and create their very own Nike shoe.
This season, the philanthropic program, now in its eighth season, receives an additional installment of six Nike and Jordan silhouettes from the privileged patient-designers. The 2011 collection includes an Air Max 95, Air Jordan IV, Nike Shox NZ, Skinny Dunk Hi, Vulc-Rod and Free Run 2. Offering a rare opportunity for sneaker enthusiasts and consumers alike to turn their spending habits into philanthropy, all of the proceeds from the sales of these shoes will be donated to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Available in both adult and kids sizing, the collection will launch on November 5, 2011 and be available online here.