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Blake Griffin to wear shoes designed by 11-year-old leukemia patient

Blake Griffin will don a very special pair of shoes for the Los Angeles Clippers’ Wednesday night tilt with the Washington Wizards. And it all has to do with amazing youngster who assisted in the design process.

Griffin and 11-year old leukemia patient Justice Griffith have collaborated on a special-edition version of the NBA star’s Jordan Brand Super.Fly 5 sneaker called the “Just 5.”

The collaboration between Griffin and Griffith is part of the Clippers’ annual Make March Matter event and fundraising drive that benefits the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), where the 11-year-old is a patient. The soon-to-be game-worn “Just 5” kicks are up for auction on with proceeds benefiting the CHLA with the Clippers Foundation agreeing to match up to $25,000 of a winning bid.

Griffin on Wednesday took to Twitter to drum up interest and share a photo of himself and Griffith reviewing the sneakers on a laptop.

“This is an amazing cause and I’m excited to be involved,” Griffin said. “I am lucky for the opportunity to get to know Justice and it was a lot of fun to work with him. He knew exactly what he wanted the ‘Just 5’ to look like, and I can’t wait to show it off on the court and help raise money to benefit CHLA patients like Justice who need help.”

Griffith, a huge sports fan, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at the age of 10. He has received chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a bone marrow transplant while being treated at CHLA.

Here’s video of Griffin discussing the shoe design with Rachel Nichols, via

Great stuff.

[CBS Sports]