While there are many ways we can spend money, giving is our most rewarding. We here at Sneaker Frique are very grateful for every DB purchase that assists us in supporting the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Often times we take things for granted because we have so much at our disposal, that we do not even think of the question “What if I was in this position” Giving shows you are grateful for what you have and want to help make sure that others have their needs met as well.
Taking some of what we earn and giving to those who will benefit, through medical assistance/research, is often times a small thing that can make the biggest change in the lives of these children.
Love is something the world and everyone in it needs. And this is just one of the ways we spread love. And you can do so by making a purchase or by giving a donation to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital directly.
HISTORY OF NIKE DOERNBECHER FREESTYLE PROJECT
The partnership between Nike and Portland, Oregon-based Doernbecher Children’s Hospital began in 2004. Michael Doherty, Nike’s Creative Director and a Doernbecher Foundation board member, was discussing with his son, Connor, ways to raise money for the hospital. Connor suggested that Nike create one-of-a-kind shoes and put them online.
With this simple idea in mind, Michael toured the hospital with Nike shoe designers. It was designer Marcus Tayui’s vision to take the idea one step further by having patients design the shoes with proceeds directly benefiting the hospital that helped save their lives.
To date, the Nike Doernbecher Freestyle project has raised nearly $6 million.
Every year, Nike designers and developers partner with Doernbecher patients who have fought serious illnesses to build a shoe unique to each patient. The children are the actual designers, choosing the colors, styles and materials that reflect their stories and personalities.
More than anything though, the Doernbecher Freestyle program has put “Doernbecher” into the vocabulary of sneaker aficionados worldwide. It’s something to look forward to every October, as important to any sneakerhead as the start of the basketball season. Most of them won’t get any closer to the hospital than through a pair of shoes in their collection, but they can hold one patient-designer’s story in their hands and read it whenever they wish.