Posted on December 29 2014
Resiliency is achieved through overcoming obstacles and Alejandro Munoz is facing them daily, but not your everyday challenges — Alejandro is fighting for his life. Fortunately for Alejandro, the Doernbecher hospital chose him as one of six children this year to promote the Doernbecher Freestyle Program, in support of research and treatment programs at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Doernbecher Hospital and Nike work together in this collaboration.
Alejandro loves football, and especially the San Francisco 49’ers. The shoe he artistically designed is the Nike Air Max Penny LE Shoes x Doernbecher. He was able to design the entire Nike shoe, from the color, Metallic Silver and Hyper Crimson, to the doodles. “He wanted the entire shoe covered in his drawings,” and of course, he wanted the 49’ers on it,” according to mom. One inner heel has the S.F. initial and the other has a football. The heel loops bear Alejandro’s first and last name. Even his self-portrait is on one of the shoe tongues. The Nike Swoosh is glow-in-the-dark and the upper is 3M reflective. Crimson piping frames the shoe and the traditional Nike symbol, 1c, for a penny, is on the back heel.
Born into stage IV kidney disease, Alejandro’s challenges started from birth. He was placed into NICU, intensive care for newborns, immediately after birth and it has been a struggle with medicine and shots on a daily and weekly schedule ever since. “What the average child eats, Alejandro can’t even consider eating. Much of what he does is restricted and one of his toughest challenges recently is finding out that he will not ever be able to play football, his favorite sport. Meanwhile, Alejandro’s kidneys are functioning at 24% of capacity. His greatest hope is to be an ordinary kid,” according to his mom. He’s on a waiting list for a donor.
Collective Status Boutique heard about Alejandro and wanted to help, so in support, we scheduled a Meet ‘n Greet on December 28, 2014 in Dallas, Texas, at our new store, and we are giving 100 percent of ticket sales to Alejandro Munoz, for his care. Alejandro is shown above, autographing shoes and taking pictures with adoring fans. Owner, Benjamin Steiner attended proudly in support, along with El Cappy, famous shoe painter of the Jordan “1 of 1’s.” We’re so proud to be there for Alejandro in the fight for his life.
If you’re wondering, all shoes are sold out of the limited supply that was produced.
Shoe pics: jbicinc.com
Shoe Style Code: 728590-001
Footwear Developer: David Garcia
Nike Apparel Designer: Abby Swancut
Nike Apparel Developer: Kimberly Reneau