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Kids design Nike line to raise money for children’s hospital

Nike released its Doernbecher Freestyle XI collection on Sunday, a yearly collaboration that lets patients at the Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children’s Hospital design shoes and apparel for the sportswear company.

For 2014, six kids ranging in age from 8 to 15 each tackled a shoe model and accompanying apparel, with the proceeds for the designs going to help keep the hospital funded. The initiative has already raised $8 million in its first 10 years.

According to, the collection has proven to be a hit with the public, with collectors lining up outside of Nike's Portland store to get a chance to purchase the latest in the Doernbecher collection.

Collectors get a chance to add an item to their bounty and the children’s hospital gets increased resources to work on finding cures for childhood diseases, making the Doernbecher collection a winner for everyone involved.

Brendan Maloy