The designers for the upcoming Nike Doernbecher Freestyle 2013 have been revealed! 6 DB sneakers will be designed by a few of OHSU’s patients, for the 10th DB collection set to release on September 28th, 2013.  Check out the profiles of the designers below!


Age: 9
Diagnosis: Renal and hip dysplasia, kidney failure and kidney transplant (at age 2)
Department: Pediatric Nephrology
Doctor(s): David Rozansky, M.D., Ph.D., Amira Al-Uzri, M.D.
Favorite Color: Pink and purple, and blue too
Favorite Athlete: Not sure. I like gymnastics, though.
Favorite Movie: Brave and Madagascar 3
Hero: My whole family
Perfect Day: Father-daughter dance with my dad
Stats: Kids with kidney disorders depend on Doernbecher’s Nephrology specialists, who treat a wide variety of illnesses and diseases.


Age: 12
Diagnosis: Hemophilia
Department: Pediatric Hematology (Blood Disorders)
Doctor(s): Michael Recht, M.D., Ph.D.
Favorite Color: Red, purple
Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan
Favorite Movie: Stepbrothers
Perfect Day: A family vacation in Hawaii
Stats: Kids from throughout the Northwestern United States depend on Doernbecher’s pediatric hemophilia center for the very best care for all types of blood disorders.


Age: 11
Diagnosis: Cystic Fibrosis
Department: Pulmonology, Cystic Fibrosis Center
Doctor(s): Mike Powers, M.D.; Holger Link, M.D., MRCP
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Athlete: My dad
Favorite Movie: Elf and Balls of Fury
Hero: My mom
Perfect Day:
  • Have a giant twinkie
  • Hang out on the couch and talk with my family
  • Get all our chores done
  • Play two hours of mine craft
  • Go to the movies with my sister
  • Watch a movie at home with my whole family
  • At the end of the day, skateboard at night with my dad


Doernbecher’s Cystic Fibrosis Center is the only nationally certified Cystic Fibrosis center in Oregon and treats patients from as far away as Alaska. Doernbecher scientists are investigating the underlying causes of CF and are part of an international team devoted for finding a cure.


Age: 14
Diagnosis: Burkitt’s Leukemia
Department: Pediatric Oncology
Doctor(s): Suman Malempati, M.D., Shelton Viola, M.D.
Favorite Color: Royal blue
Favorite Athlete: Lebron James
Favorite Movie: Die Hard series and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Hero: My grandfather in Japan because he volunteers in the community for many years and he puts so much effort to improve the community and helping others in need.
Perfect Day: I become a Major League Baseball player
Stats: Doernbecher oncologists are on the cutting-edge of finding cures for childhood cancer, while providing exceptional care for kids in Oregon and southwest Washington.


Age: 17
Diagnosis: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Department: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Doctor(s): Ajit Jetmalani, M.D.
Favorite Color: Red, black and white
Favorite Movie: Labyrinth (because I love David Bowie!)
Hero: Jesus Christ
Perfect Day: I would have time to write all I want and I’d get a chance to work on my fashion designs.  I’d also get to host a party for all of my closest friends and we would spend the rest of the day together.
Stats: Doernbecher’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry team is dedicated to addressing the special needs and challenges of children of all ages while providing expert psychiatric care.


Age: 8
Diagnosis: Oto-Palatal-Digital Syndrome Type II
Department: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Doctor(s): Nate Selden, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Athlete: Lebron James
Favorite Movie: Karate Kid
Hero: My mom, because she saved my life
Perfect Day: Record music with, Usher and Justin Bieber. Then be able to run as fast as I can without using my crutches and eat cake!
Stats: Doernbecher’s neuro team delivers the highest caliber care, driven by the latest medical research, for kids with all types of neurological disorders from epilepsy to brain tumors.

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