With countdown leading up to the release of the Doernbecher x Nike Freestyle Collection on Friday, Doerbecher Children’s Hospital has released a variety of videos highlighting the children who participated in the project (link). As the youngest member of the 2012 participants, Finningan Mooney was chose to design the Nike SB Dunk Hi, one of the most popular skate shoes in the world.
The image of a heart on the upper of the shoe represent the irrepressible will of Mooney, who despite being only 10 years old, has already endure more than 13 heart surgeries in his young life. Even though he has had to endure so much more in 10 years than most people their entire lives, Mooney has never been one to be down, which is representative of the heart and the words “Thump Thump” by the heel.
Here is Finn’s story as told by Nike:
“Finnigan Mooney (10) was born with Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He’s toughed out more than 13 heart surgeries during his life, but his positive attitude and infectious sense of humor have remained unscathed. In addition to making new friends, he loves playing basketball, jumping on his trampoline, and perfecting his killer golf game. Finnigan’s design is representative of his sunny personality and smile, with an in-your-face yellow upper emblazoned with ‘THUMP THUMP’ to pay homage to his unstoppable heart. The Nike swoosh is affixed with medical stitches to symbolize the stitches from his surgeries. His actual thumbprint appears on the outsole of the shoe—a nod to how Finnigan would always give his parents a thumbs-up when he came out of surgery. And paying tribute to his Irish heritage, Finnigan also included a shamrock on the tongue.”
The Nike SB Dunk Hi will be available on Nov. 30 at select Nike Store locations and on their online store. All proceeds from the sales of the shoes will go to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. To learn more about the Doernbecher Freestyle program, click here, and to find about the rest of the children in the program, follow these links below.
Grant Olsen – Nike Men’s Free Run+ 2 “Doernbecher”
Kylie Bell – Nike Women’s Free Run+ 2 “Doernbecher”
Chad Berg – Nike Air Force 1 “Doernbecher”
Oswaldo Jimenez – Air Jordan 9 “Doernbecher”
Autumn Boynton – Nike Air Max 90 “Doernbecher”
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