by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Caden Lampert of West Linn is one of six patients selected to design Nike shoes and apparel as part of the Doernbecher Childrens Hospital Freestyle program.

Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children’s Hospital has selected six patients to design shoes with Nike for its 2014 Doernbecher Freestyle Program.

The group includes Chase Crouch, 7, from Wilsonville and Caden Lampert, 9, from West Linn. The unique partnership with Nike gives hospital patients the opportunity to make their mark designing one-of-a-kind, covetable Nike footwear and apparel for the Doernbecher Freestyle collection.

The program was developed to help support the hospital that changed their lives.

Each year, Doernbecher physicians, nurses and staff nominate patients from around Oregon and southwest Washington to design limited edition footwear and apparel that reflect their individual personality and unique medical journey.

In addition to Chase and Caden, patient-designers include Tim Haarmann, 15, from Tigard; Melissa Miller, 13, from Turner; Alejandro Munoz, 8 of Medford and Addie Peterson, 14, of Clackamas.

In spring the patient-designers travel to Nike headquarters in Beaverton where they work with world-class design and development mentors, brainstorming ideas and begin sketching their designs for the collection shoes and apparel.

The kids use their designs to express powerful personal messages about their lives, experiences and hope for the future.

Each fall samples of their designs are rushed to Portland for an annual unveiling event and fundraiser before they are made available online and at retail locations nationwide.

“Through the program kids who have overcome tremendous medical challenges get to experience the joy of helping other kids going through similar experiences and be treated like celebrities during the process.

“We are exceedingly proud of all they have accomplished and forever grateful to Nike for continuing to provide this amazing opportunity,” said H. Stacy Nicholson, a physician with a Master of Public Health.

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