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Project Outrun to release shoe designed by 9-year-old Copley cancer survivor

October 2, 2018

Project Outrun to release shoe designed by 9-year-old Copley cancer survivor

AKRON, Ohio – Akron nonprofit Project Outrun, which supports kids battling cancer, has been selected as a shoe creator on Cultivator, an online shop that sells custom-designed Nike shoes.

The shoes, which are only available for one week, were designed by 9-year-old cancer survivor Kylie Rose Jacobs of Copley. The shoes cost $150 and are available from Oct. 15 to 22. A portion of shoe sales will be donated to Project Outrun.

Project Outrun got its start four years ago, when founder Andrew Shepperd decided to design custom shoes to match Kylie Rose’s 5K colors. After seeing how excited she was to receive the shoes, Shepperd started Project Outrun. Today, the organization serves hundreds of children in Northeast Ohio. Organization members visit pediatric oncology wards to help kids battling cancer design their own custom shoes for free.

“During our time together, we set goals,” Shepperd said in a news release. “We talk about finish lines and bright futures. Sometimes the goal is getting through chemo and sometimes it’s getting through cancer, but we all work toward a finish line together.”

A portion of shoe sales will also benefit the Childhood Blood and Cancer Fund at Akron Children’s Hospital, where Kylie was diagnosed.

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