Donovan Dinneen of Riddle

Ten-year-old Donovon Dinneen of Riddle one of five patients at the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland that will design a special Nike shoe and apparel collection.

A Riddle boy is one of six kids receiving care at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland that will get to design a special Nike shoe and apparel collection that will be auctioned off to benefit the hospital.

Donovon Dinneen, 10, will be one of the patient-designers for the 2018 Doernbecher Freestyle program.

Doernbecher officials say Donovon can not only stand on his head, but he can also run on his knees. In 2010, he was diagnosed with a rare meningococcal infection that resulted in a kidney transplant and a quadruple amputation. He loves basketball, Pokemon cards and his mom.

The creations tell each patient-designer’s personal story is inspired by their lives, medical journeys and hopes for the future in shoe form.

The designs will be revealed on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the annual Doernbecher Freestyle auction in Portland.

All six collections will be available for retail purchase at and at select retail locations later this year.

The Doernbecher Freestyle program is now n its 15th year, has raised nearly $20 million for the hospital.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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