2016 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection to be unveiled, auctioned to support OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

10/26/16  Portland, Ore.



Media are invited to preview the 2016 Doernbecher Freestyle collection before it is unveiled for public auction. The 2016 collection includes six one-of-a-kind footwear and apparel designs created by OHSU Doernbecher patients and a dedicated Nike design team.

Doernbecher Freestyle represents a partnership between Nike and OHSU Doernbecher to provide young patients enduring life-threatening illness the opportunity to design limited-edition footwear and apparel to support the hospital. Since its inception, the program has raised $14 million to expand pioneering research, support clinical care, purchase state-of-the-art equipment, recruit new experts and help cover the cost of care for families most in need.

Attending media will be able to:

  • Take photos and video of the six patient-designers and their families as they view their completed designs for the first time.
  • Conduct interviews with the six patient-designers who can share details of the inspiration behind each design, and how the Doernbecher Freestyle experience has impacted their lives. The 2016 Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designers are:
    • Corwin Carr, 12, Hood River, Oregon
    • Andy Grass, 11, Beaverton, Oregon
    • Chehayla Hyatt,10, Salem, Oregon
    • Damien Phillips, 10, Terrebonne, Oregon
    • Braylin Soon, 10, Portland, Oregon
    • Chase Swearingen, 14, Jewell, Oregon
  • Learn how funds raised through the Doernbecher Freestyle program support patient care from Dana Braner, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.C.M., physician-in-chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and professor and chair, Department of Pediatrics, OHSU School of Medicine.
  • Connect with Michael Doherty, NIKE, Inc. Senior Creative Director of Global Brand Presentations and board member of the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation. Doherty’s son first envisioned Doernbecher Freestyle as a means of raising money for the children’s hospital.

** Editors: Phone and email interviews with the Nike design teams by request. **


Friday, Oct. 28
4 – 5 p.m.

(Note: Admittance to the public Doernbecher Freestyle auction at 5:30 p.m. available by purchased ticket only)


Portland Art Museum, Mark Building
1219 S.W. Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
(corner of S.W. Park Ave. and S.W. Main St.)