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Sneakers September, 4 2013

Air Jordan V Retro “Doernbecher”

Nike and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital pay tribute to patient Isaac Arzate with the release of the limited-edition “Doernbecher” Air Jordan V Retro. Isaac Arzate was a talented young athlete who suffered a cardiac arrest at basketball practice and was sent to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. After recovering from open-heart surgery, Isaac began sketching designs for an Air Jordan V Retro, highlighting his interests and experiences. Unfortunately, in April Isaac suffered a second heart attack and did not survive.

Using Isaac’s original sketches as a guide and some more his parents found, they created a design reflecting Isaac’s vision and incorporating design elements that represented the things that mattered most to him in his life. The shoe features Isaac’s jersey numbers, his initials, and the dates of his birth and passing. Several parts of the shoe glow in the dark, including the eyelets, lace toggle, outsole, Nike Air unit and quarter panels.

The upper features the words of a poem in black light ink that Isaac wrote just a day before he passed away. Some of the words include: “My team. My family. We are brothers forever. No matter what.” Limited quantities of the “Doernbecher” Air Jordan V Retro will be sold on nike.com and at Nike retail locations across the country beginning September 14, with all proceeds from sales of the shoes benefitting OHSU Doernbecher.

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