Pairing cancer-conquering teen Lance Dillon with legendary Nike designer Mark Smith back in 2007 resulted in one of Doernbecher Freestyle’s most memorable shoe designs.
The custom Nike Dunk Low is the fifth to be rereleased in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Doernbecher Freestyle program.
Lance’s shoes will be available for purchase on Saturday, Aug. 31, at select Nike retail locations and on nike.com. (Visit insider.nike.com, for more information about Shelby’s shoes.)
Lance Dillon was a quiet, shy 17-year-old when he joined the Doernbecher Freestyle program. But the creative collaboration brought out bold ideas, including lasered graffiti graphics that reveal something new every time you look you look at his shoes.
Elements include the date he was diagnosed with leukemia, the number of days he underwent chemotherapy at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and words like fight, warrior and power.
Today, Lance is a confident 24-year-old with a degree in anthropology from Oregon State University.
Reflecting on his Doernbecher and Freestyle experience, Lance says:
“Getting to work with the Nike staff and design my own shoe are things that I will always remember. But the greatest part of it was knowing that it was helping other kids who were going through the same things that I went through.”
Doernbecher Freestyle 10th anniversary special edition rereleases include:
- Mike Armstrong’s Air Max 95 (July 6)
- Cole Johanson’s Air Jordan 3 Retros (July 20)
- Colin Couch’s Air Force 1 (Aug. 3)
- Shelby Lee’s Nike Free Run 2 (Aug. 17)
Associate Director of Development
OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation