Jordan Brand/Nike and The Make-A-Wish Foundation will be making a young teen’s wish come true as 16-year-old Rhome Simpkins, of Bakersfield, will get the opportunity to design his own Air Jordan shoe.
Rhome was born with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. It is a rare x-linked recessive disease characterized by eczema, immune deficiency and low platelet count.
Rhome has been in and out hospitals his entire life, at times spending up to 6 months hospitalized. Doctors told his parents that he would not live to see four-years-old. When he turned four, they were told that he would not make it past 12 years-old.
He beat the odds and will be celebrating his 17th birthday on Wednesday, September 25th. In November he will undergo a very necessary bone marrow transplant.
Before undergoing surgery, Rhome and his family will be flying to Portland. While there they will visit the Nike factory where Rhome will design his shoe.
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