HOLD UP…. I just trolled you if you came here to see the 2015 Air Jordan DB retro.  All you hypebeasts have a heart though, this troll was to draw you in and introduce you to the child designers for this years Nike x Doernbecher Freestlye 12 Collection!  The term “DB” is not all about limited sneakers, the main focus should be about the kids.



In celebration of the collective strength, character and creativity of its patients, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital today announced the patient-designers of the 12th-annual Nike “Doernbecher Freestyle” program:

  • Jacob Burris, 13, Eugene, Ore.
  • John Charles, 10, Brush Prairie, Wash.
  • Emory Maughan, 10, Salem, Ore.
  • Isaiah Grubb, 8, West Linn, Ore.
  • Lizzy Olivan, 11, The Dalles, Ore.
  • Kian Safholm, 11, Hillsboro, Ore.

An extraordinary partnership with Nike, the “Doernbecher Freestyle” program gives hospital patients the opportunity to make their mark designing one-of-a-kind, covetable Nike footwear and apparel that help support the hospital that changed their lives.

This is an amazing program that I am always excited to hear about, see more about the patients below!

2015 Doernbecher Freestyle Patient-Designer Profiles

Jacob Burris, 13, Eugene, Ore.
Diagnosis: Coarctation (disconnect of the aorta)
What do you want to be when you grow up? A video game designer
Hero: Stan Lee
Perfect day: To play a perfect game of baseball. It would be a beautiful sunny day. I’d be hitting home runs every at bat, making zero errors on the field, and then winning the game!

“Jacob personifies what a young, kind and appreciative young man should be. Others will be inspired by his courage and determination to recover. He took ownership of his condition, the surgery and exactly what it took for him to recover and get back to his life.” –Rich Reed, P.A.-C, M.P.A.S., R.N.,advance practice provider, Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, OHSU Doernbecher


John Charles, 10, Brush Prairie, Wash.
Diagnosis: Crohn’s disease
What do you want to be when you grow up? A professional athlete
Hero: My mom
Perfect day: Sleeping in until I wake up on my own. Have a big breakfast with my family, and then go hiking with my family in the Gorge. After that, we’d go to a nice dinner and a movie. Then, I’d come home and fall asleep with my dog, Teagan.

“John is exuberant despite his tough and incurable disease. He is resilient and attends school to live past his illness. Regardless of his symptoms, he is always smiling and joking. John diligently takes his medications daily and has to have frequent blood draws. He does this with gusto … this dude is fearless.” – Linda Muir, M.D., F.A.A.P., Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, OHSU Doernbecher


Emory Maughan, 10, Salem, Ore.
Diagnosis: Stage IV kidney failure
What do you want to be when you grow up? A librarian
Hero: My dad
Perfect day: The day I can have a working kidney!

“Emory is a delightful, intelligent and engaging young lady who never knew she had any health issues until a blood test this past year revealed she had advanced chronic kidney disease and that she will likely need a kidney transplant in the intermediate future. We have been so impressed by the way she has accepted the challenges of this condition while still pursuing all the things a near teenager loves to do.” – Sandra Iragorri, M.D., and David Rozansky, M.D., Ph.D., Division of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension, OHSU Doernbecher


Isaiah Grubb, 8, West Linn, Ore.
Diagnosis: Cortical dysplasia
What do you want to be when you grow up? A football player
Hero: Batman
Perfect day: Hanging out with my grandpa.

“Isaiah is an extraordinary kid — amazingly thoughtful, precocious, smart, interested in his condition and able to talk about it. He is absolutely striking to everyone who meets him.” –Nathan R. Selden, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.A.P., Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, OHSU Doernbecher


Lizzy Olivan, 11, The Dalles, Ore.
Diagnosis: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
What do you want to be when you grow up? I would love to be a great dancer
Hero: My dad
Perfect day: Spend time with my family having fun and laughing.

“Lizzy is an amazing, happy young lady with a totally positive attitude. Although most kids can’t continue to participate in their activities during the first part of leukemia treatment, Lizzie has continued attending her ballet and tap classes. She is also a dedicated student and is determined to continue to do well in school even during treatment. Lizzy has a fire that doesn’t come along too often!” – Susan Lindemulder, M.D., Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, OHSU Doernbecher


Kian Safholm, 11, Hillsboro, Ore.
Diagnosis: Staph infection throughout body
What do you want to be when you grow up? A basketball player
Hero: LeBron James and Stephen Curry
Perfect day: A trip to Disneyland with my family.

“Kian is a fighter. This may be a challenge for his parents, his sister, his teachers, his Boy Scout troop, and his soccer league, but he will not give up. Kian is an amazing person. He is a funny, thoughtful, smart, loving athlete who deserves to be recognized.”– Jane Kim-Hoffman, M.D., Division of General Pediatrics, OHSU Doernbecher

About OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital ranks among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals*,” is one of 21 members of the Children’s Oncology Group’s Phase 1 and Pilot Consortium, and ranks 39th for NIH awards to children’s hospitals and their university-affiliated Department of Pediatrics.**

Nationally recognized physicians and nurses provide a full range of specialty and subspecialty care to tens of thousands of children annually, resulting in 200,000 discharges, surgeries, transports and outpatient visits annually in a patient- and family-centered environment. OHSU Doernbecher providers also travel throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, providing specialty care to more than 3,000 children at more than 200 outreach clinics in 15 locations. Using state-of-the-art, secure two-way video and audio communication, OHSU Doernbecher’s Telemedicine Network connects pediatric intensivists and neonatologists to emergency room physicians statewide to help evaluate time-critical pediatric patient needs and assist with treatment plans.



*U.S. News & World Report 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals

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