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Special Edition Isaac Arzate Doernbecher x Air Jordan V Confirmed

Nike have officially confirmed the Doernbecher Freestyle special edition of the Air Jordan V paying tribute to Isaac Arzate, the young man who sadly was unable to complete his design after passing away.

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.

The design incorporates a number of personal elements including Isaac’s no’s, 9 for baseball, and the 31 he wore on the basketball court on each side. Glow in the dark hits are located throughout the upper and on the icy outsole, with a flashlight also included in the pack. The words spread across the upper are excerpts from a poem Isaac wrote, sharing his love for his family, his teammates, and the sport he cared so much for.

Limited quantities of this special edition will go on sale September 14th through nike.com and select retail locations. You can read the full announcement here. Check out the images below as we await the reveal for the 2013 Doernbecher Freestyle collection.

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