Following the re-release of the highly coveted Air Jordan III “Doernbecher,” the shoe brand returns with an addition to the extremely limited series using the Air Jordan V silhouette.
via Nike INC:
Nike and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital are proud to pay tribute to 2012 Doernbecher Freestyle Program patient Isaac Arzate and his family with the release of the limited-edition Doernbecher Air Jordan V Retro.
Isaac Arzate was a talented young athlete who pitched a no-hitter in baseball and savored an undefeated season in basketball. In January 2012 Isaac suffered a cardiac arrest at basketball practice and was sent from Salem to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, where doctors discovered a previously undetected abnormality that is one of the most common causes for heart attacks in young people.
After recovering from open-heart surgery, Isaac was invited by OHSU Doernbecher to be part of the 2012 Freestyle program. During his rehabilitation from surgery, he began sketching designs for an Air Jordan V Retro, highlighting his interests and experiences. He also became well enough to don his jersey and watch his basketball team from the bleachers, occasionally getting to shoot around during breaks in the game. Then in April 2012, 12-year-old Isaac tragically suffered a second heart attack, and did not survive.
Deeply saddened by his tragic passing but inspired by his passion and spirit, Nike and OHSU Doernbecher invited Isaac’s family to work together to finish the design that Isaac had started. 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 numbers “9” and “31” on the left and right shoe represent Arzate’s baseball and basketball jerseys, respectively. His initials, date of birth, and date of death can be found in the kick’s tongue. The sneaker’s eyelets, lace toggle, outsole, Nike Air unit and quarter panels also glow in the dark.
Words from a poem Arzate wrote a day before he died can be seen on the upper. Here’s one line to give you an idea of the young man’s character: “My team. My family. We are brothers forever. No matter what.”
The “Doernbecher” Air Jordan V Retro will be sold on nike.com and at Nike retail locations across the country beginning September 14 in limited quantities. All proceeds from sales of the shoes benefit OHSU Doernbecher.
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