In the gallery above, get an up-close look at the 2016 Doernbecher Nike Air Max Zero designed with the help of Chase Swearingen, of Jewell, Ore.Swearingen’s shoe is one of 6 special edition designs which debuted at the Doernbecher Freestyle XIII Event held by Nike and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at the Portland Art Museum on October 28.In the video, you can see that the shoe features Seattle Seahawks colors, inspired by his favorite NFL football team and the insoles of the shoe have a „brain“ pattern printed on them as an hommage to his passion for neuropsychology. This pair on display was signed by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
His name is Chase, but you can call this good-natured 14-year-old ‚The Captain.‘ „It’s my nickname because I’m a take-charge kind of guy,“ he smiled. He’s also a really smart guy. Chase is planning on pursuing a doctorate in neuropsychology someday and currently designs websites as a hobby.
Chase designed his Air Max Zero shoe with the same attention to detail that he gives everything else in life. Under the shoelaces, tubing runs all the way to the sockliner to represent the shunt that he has had since birth to treat hydrocephalus. He was diagnosed in utero with the condition, which causes dangerous accumulation of fluid around the brain.
Chase has a thing for lighthouses, so he designed one on the heel using the Nike swoosh as the light beam. And on the tongue, the words Unstoppable Chase speak to his UNBELIEVABLE perseverance. As Chase puts it, „I pretty much keep going no matter what!“In his downtime, Chase enjoys doing typical teenage boy stuff like playing video games, building model airplanes and hanging out with his friends. To watch him, you’d never know how far he’s come over the years.
Case in point: the very day before Chase was scheduled for major brain surgery to combat his frequent seizures, he was at the Clatsop County Fair showing his championship pig, Carmel. And even though he can’t play sports, he still supports his basketball and football team by keeping stats and filming games.