Doernbecher Freestyle

‘Grass Strong:’ Andy’s Doernbecher story

In December 2014, a sneaker wave hit 10-year-old Andy Grass and his brothers while visiting Rockaway Beach, Ore. The boys jumped on a log to avoid the sneaker wave, but Andy fell and the log rolled on top of him, resulting in multiple serious injuries. Below, Andy’s dad, Paul, shares how Andy’s hospitalization and prolonged recovery affected their family – and how it continues to teach all of them strength, resilience and healing. *** Our … Read More

2015 in review: It’s all about the patients

Social media is great for connecting families, patients, employees, donors and community members with one another and with the hospital as a whole. We love sharing Doernbecher stories and news to help foster a sense of community and provide a space where folks can support one another, get advice from experts and learn how they can give back. Below you’ll find this year’s most-read blog posts. Happy reading!   1. Meet Hope, Doernbecher’s hospital facility dog  Our … Read More

Behind the scenes: Doernbecher Freestyle XII

Being nominated and selected to work on the Doernbecher Freestyle collection is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – both for our patient-designers and for the Nike employees chosen to be involved in the program. We sat down with some of folks who helped make this year’s collection magic happen to see what their experience has been like thus far. *** Interviewees and patient designers Andrew Winfield, John’s Nike team China Hamilton, Jacob’s Nike team Hingyi Khong, Lizzy’s … Read More

Isaiah’s Doernbecher story

Last year, Isaiah’s Neumayer-Grubb’s family discovered that he had a brain tumor that would need to be surgically removed. We sat down with his mom, Melissa, to learn more about Isaiah and his Doernbecher story. How would you describe Isaiah? He’s a charismatic little guy who makes friends wherever he goes. He shines at everything he does and loves to stay active. Isaiah walks into a room and you can feel his presence – he … Read More

Lizzy’s Doernbecher story

When 10-year-old Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designer Lizzy Olivan came down with a fever last summer, her mom Beatriz knew something wasn’t right. We sat down to learn more about Lizzy (now 11) and her battle against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). *** Can you tell us more about Lizzy’s diagnosis? Last August, she came down with a fever. I gave her some Tylenol and kept a close eye on her. After four days, I took her to … Read More

Beyond the shoes – Jordan Geller’s Doernbecher Freestyle quest

No one knows sneakers quite like Jordan Geller does. He holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of sneakers owned and is passionate about sharing his collection with others in the sneaker community by way of his “Shoezeum” and by sharing photos and videos on his social channels. Below, Jordan shares his quest to collect 13 highly sought-after Doernbecher Freestyle shoes and makes an exciting announcement about his next project, an auction that … Read More

Doernbecher Freestyle: behind the scenes with Nike’s Carson Brown

Being nominated and selected to work on the Doernbecher Freestyle collection is a once-in-a-lifetime experience ­for our patient-designers, but it’s also special for the Nike employees who work with them. We sat down with Carson Brown, a graphic designer working with 8-year-old Isaiah (along with Celeste Rhoads, Aaron Reimer and Sara Cruthers), to learn why this program and this hospital are so meaningful to him.   What was it like working with Isaiah?  When our … Read More

Doernbecher Freestyle: A physician’s point of view

Ten-year-old Emory was diagnosed with advanced chronic kidney disease last year. Her pediatric nephrologists, Dr. Sandra Iragorri and Dr. David Rozansky, were so impressed by Emory’s positive attitude, they nominated her for the Doernbecher Freestyle program. We sat down with Dr. Iragorri to learn more about Emory. *** How does the Doernbecher Freestyle program benefit our patients? Working with world-class sports apparel designers is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Being selected for the program – and then … Read More

An important message from Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designer Jacob

Hello! It’s Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designer Jacob Burris here. My shoe designs are coming along great. I hope that they are going to blow your minds!!! I wanted to share a little something about myself and other congenital heart defect (CHD) survivors. A lot of people tend to think that I am all better now, or “fixed” after my heart surgery. Well, the truth is that most people with a CHD have to take medicine to regulate … Read More

Jacob’s heart story

Below, Janice Burris shares her son’s Doernbecher story. Thirteen-year-old Jacob is one of our 2015 Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designers, and he’ll be following up next week with a post of his own! *** Jacob was born a healthy baby boy thirteen years ago. He has grown up to be a great student, a dedicated athlete, and an all-around great person. Last May during a routine well-child/immunization visit to the pediatrician, we learned that Jacob had high … Read More

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