Kylie Bell — Nike/Doernbecher Freestyle designer

Kylie Bell Age 16 Diagnosis: Brain tumor Shoe: Free Run +2 Standing rooted in place at her photo shoot, Kylie was unsure of what to do.  And then she began to dance.  Suddenly, the quiet...

A stitch in time saves more than nine

One of the true challenges of neurosurgical care is that small details can have a big effect. In short, the central nervous system is one of the organ systems in the body least tolerant to...

Chad Berg — Nike/Doernbecher Freestyle designer

Chad Berg Age 15 Diagnosis: Hypothermia and cardiac arrest Shoe: Air Force 1 Last January, Chad Berg took a spill in his kayak and spent 90 minutes in the icy water. By the time he was rescued,...

Grant Olsen — Nike/Doernbecher Freestyle designer

Grant Olsen Age: 11 Diagnosis: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia Shoe: Free Run +2 When Grant Olsen was six years old, his mom and dad found a lump in his neck that turned out to be leukemia. “I...

Taking care of your heart is a precious gift to your children

I see women in the role of caregiver on a daily basis. As a pediatric cardiologist I have spent more than a decade talking with parents, usually mothers, about the condition of their child’s heart....

Oswaldo Jimenez — Nike/Doernbecher Freestyle designer

Oswaldo Jimenez Age: 11 Diagnosis: Severe pulmonary hypertension Shoe: Air Jordan 9 Retro Fierce. Strong. Fearless. Just like a … chicken. Yep, Oswaldo Jimenez has a power animal, and it just...

Autumn Boynton — Nike/Doernbecher Freestyle designer

Autumn Boynton Age: 10 Diagnosis: Bilateral Wilms’ tumors in kidneys & abdomen Shoe: Air Max 90 Watching Autumn and her dad together is like watching two best friends sharing an inside...