The kindness of others...
It's been a sad and busy last several days. Tonight, I've arrived in Utah to cover the story of the trapped miners. And before that I spent a few days covering the collapsed bridge tragedy in Minneapolis. But one development in that story has put a smile on our faces.
Last week, we told the story of 26-year-old Marcelo Cruz, a parapalegic who was driving his own specially equipped van when the bridge went down. He avoided plunging into the Mississippi River by purposely crashing his van into the wall and stopping just feet from the water.
Because he no longer had a vehicle, we offered him a ride to the emergency room to get some treatment to his injured back. Well, among the good samaritans watching our story was Lawrence Pleskow, head of a California based charity called When U Dream a Dream. He asked us if we could put him in touch with Marcelo, and here's why.
Pleskow has told Marcelo that he will come to Minnesota on Friday to present him with a new accessible van that Marcelo can keep as he works to get a new one through his insurance policy. In addition, the charity wants to fly Marcelo and his mother to California so they can have a free trip where they will tour Disneyland and meet a celebrity or two.
Pleskow tells me his charity works with many paraplegics and quadrapelegics, and when he saw this story on "360", he knew he wanted to help in some way. Marcelo tells me he is thrilled with the offer, and overwhelmed with the kindness he's felt from others.
Seven years ago, Marcelo was shot by an unknown assailant. That's why he's in a wheelchair. We hope the attention he's getting marks the beginning of a more carefree life for him.
-- By Gary Tuchman, CNN CorrespondentEditor's note: For information about how you can make a difference, please visit Impact Your World.