posted on Mar, 28 2012 @ 04:22 AM
This is a feel-good story for a change. Igor Vovkovinskiy is 7'8" and cannot find shoes to fit him. He wears a size 26 (!) and Reebok has told him
it will cost at least $15,000 for a pair of specially made shoes. To raise this money, he began a funding website to solicit donations. During the
first two weeks he recieved $2,500. As of yesterday, he had reached $4,500. Between then and now his story went semi-viral on CNN and he now has
$25,012 accumulated as of this moment, including a $1,000 donation from movie producer Robert Orci in the last 3 hours.
It is really great to see people rally around a worthwhile cause and give what they can in hopes of making someone's life easier. These types of
stories aren't reported on enough, the nightly news is filled with crime and death with just a little bit of good sprinkled in. Granted, that's
probably an accurate representation of the world we live in today, but one should take time to appreciate the good in people if at all possible.
Thanks to the kindness and generosity of others, this man now has the support he needs (pun intended?).
This is an excerpt from his fundraising page on gofundme.com:
I am 7 feet 8.33 inches tall, and I haven't had a proper fitting pair of shoes for more than 6 years. No matter what company I write to, or how
many friends of mine ask companies to help me with my shoe dilemma, nobody wants to help if there is no benefit for them. Reebok recently told me,
that the scan of my feet and a custom mold of my feet will cost about $16,000. They won't do it otherwise. I thought I could do commercials for the
shoe company that helped me get some proper footwear, but apparently I am not a desirable candidate for commercials.
We have written to Oprah, Dr. Phil, CNN, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Ac360, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Reebok, Adidas, Nike, Converse, Red Wing
Shoes, Basketball Players, WWE Wrestlers, Basketball Coaches, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno, The Daily Show, Science Channel, National
Geographic, Bill Maher, President Obama, Michele Obama, and others, and nobody has ever responded with any offer to help. So now I turn to the public
as a whole.
Here is the link to the story, and the video is on that page:
America's Tallest Man Needs New Shoes
And here is his fundraising website:
Igor Needs New Shoes
Congrats on the new kicks, Igor!
edit on 3/28/12 by MentalPriapism because: (no reason given)