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America's tallest man will get new shoes thanks to generous donors

A Rochester man who measures 7 feet 8 inches and desperately needs a new pair of shoes will finally get them. Igor Vovkivinskiy has raised more than $28,000, according to his website.
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A Rochester man who measures 7 feet 8 inches and desperately needs a new pair of shoes will finally get them, WCCO reports.

Igor Vovkivinskiy, the tallest man in America, has raised more than $28,000, according to his website.

"Thank you so much to everyone who made this donation drive happen!! I cannot believe my eyes at the amount and the generosity of the people. Thank you all," Igor Vovkivinskiy writes.

The last time Vovkivinskiy bought shoes -- custom made by a German cobbler -- he wore size 26. But 15 foot surgeries in the past few years have changed the shape of his feet. Reebok told him it would cost $15,000 to make him a new pair that fit, so he launched an online drive to raise some money.

WCCO picked up his story ...

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