I read this story today and it touched my heart and made me want to share.
At age 10, Sandy Allen was 6 foot 3. By sixteen, she had crested 7 feet. At her tallest she was 7 feet, 7 inches tall and was recognized as the world’s tallest female. She passed away today, at the age of 53.
In 1974, she wrote to Guinness World Records in an effort to befriend someone she could identify with.
“It is needless to say my social life is practically nil and perhaps the publicity from your book may brighten my life,” she wrote.
I guess the recognition brought her out of her shell. According to the AP, Allen came to celebrate her height, and she “appeared on television shows and spoke to church and school groups to bring youngsters her message that it was all right to be different.”