Teen with rare condition called gigantism is thankful for shoe donations
INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana 13-year-old with a rare condition called gigantism which causes his bones to continue to grow, now has enough shoes for the school year, thanks to donations from people who heard about his plight on FOX 4 sister station, WXIN-TV.
FOX59 first introduced the teenager two weeks ago. Dakota Deal’s family reached out for help when they couldn’t find his size 20 shoes anymore.
The shoes came from all over the country: From an anonymous donor in Texas, to a WNBA player in Connecticut who called in a favor to Under Armour, to those right here in Indiana. One family donated size 22 Nikes. They found the pair several years ago and never knew what to do with them. Deal had never owned a pair of “designer” shoes before their donation.
Decatur Township Schools, where Dakota is in 8th grade, pitched in as well. One fellow student was able to get donations from former Pacers’ player Rick Smits. Another donation came from current Purdue basketball player Isaac Haas, who told FOX59 that he sympathized with Deal’s struggle to find the right size. Another donation came from Patrick Tewell, who owns The Foot Remedy in Greenfield, Ind.
“I would like to say thanks to the people that gave me these,” Deal said. “I actually do feel like a celebrity.”
It was actually Dakota’s sister who reached out for help to tell Dakota’s story. Click here for more from her in the story on FOX 59.