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Doernbecher Freestyle was created in 2004 when Doernbecher Foundation board member Michael Doherty invited one of Nike’s shoe designers to take a tour of the hospital. It was designer Marcus Tayui’s vision to see patients design shoes with the proceeds benefiting the hospital that in many cases has saved their lives.
Part of the program involves a launch party held in September where more than 300 business and community leaders come together to see the shoes, bid on a limited pair and meet the patients/designers in person.
Now in its sixth year, this extraordinary program has raised nearly $2 million for the hospital, which uses the funds for everything from clinical programs and hospital construction to providing care for uninsured children. This year’s patient designers come from Doernbecher’s cancer, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery and nephrology programs.
What the what? That infuriating kids toy just got a whole lot easier. The Etch-a-Sketch Freestyle eliminates the one wheel per axis drawing with a trackball. No more squares overlapping squares and half-written words!
This is the last gift guide, guys – hope you enjoyed them! I wish we had started them a week earlier, so that we could have spaced them out more, but that is the price I pay for slackerness. You can see all of the gift guides here. Happy holidays!
I love this super versatile set of PlayShapes by Miller Goodman. One set comes with 74 geometric shapes that can be arranged and rearranged in any number of ways. This is a great toy for kids and adults! Also fun – their Rubberwood Block sets.
I just couldn’t choose my favorite…Eco Tabby was inspired by Hillary Lang’s Pointy Kitty pattern (top left). The person behind Eco Tabby didn’t know how to sew, and so decided to work with recyclable plastic bags instead of fabric. I love how the existing bag graphics are taken into careful consideration in the making of each Eco Tabby. Clever reuse!