As fans camp out by their computers hoping to get a jump on the upcoming release of the 2012 Doernbecher x Nike Freestyle Collection on Friday, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital has put together a series of videos about the children who played the most integral part in the project of actually designing the shoes (link). For the Men’s Nike Free Run+ 2 “Doernbecher,” 11-year old Grant Olsen was tapped to add his own personal touch to the popular running shoe.
Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 6 years, Olsen has never let the disease get in the way of the things that he loves, including playing electric guitar, going to school and vacationing in Hawaii. All of those things and more are a part of the personal logo that Nike put together for Grant and can be found on the tongue of the Free Run+ 2.
Here is Grant’s story as told by Nike:
“When Grant Olsen (11) was six years old, his mom and dad found a lump in his neck that turned out to be acute lymphoblastic leukemia. These days Grant is feeling much better and is back to playing sports and practicing his electric guitar. Grant’s design includes his personal logo on the tongue that features a lizard (one of his favorite animals), an electric guitar, his initials and the words ‘Do not fear or be dismayed.’ Grant has earned straight A’s in school for as long as he can remember, and his favorite vacation spot is Hawaii. So his Nike design advisor asked a friend, who happened to be vacationing in Hawaii, to take a photo of an A+ written in the sand on a beach, which appears on the sock liner. Grant’s love of outer space is also highlighted on his shoe with the glow-in-the-dark space speckles. Grant’s inspiration for the colors of his shoe come from a photo of an exotic bird he saw in a design book.”
The Men’s Nike Free Run+ 2 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.
Kylie Bell – Nike Women’s Free Run+ 2 “Doernbecher”
Chad Berg – Nike Air Force 1 “Doernbecher”
Oswaldo Jimenez – Air Jordan 9 “Doernbecher”
Finnigan Mooney – Nike SB Dunk Hi “Doernbecher”
Autumn Boynton – Nike Air Max 90 “Doernbecher”
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