In contrast to that venality, both ABC and NBC closed the week with heartwarming. NBC's Making a Difference kept an Africa theme, following fundraising for the World Vision charity for AIDS patients. John Larson told us about Austin Gutwein, a twelve-year-old from Arizona, who has organized children to make sponsored basketball free throws in the Hoops of Hope program. The boy's latest drive raised $100,000 for a school for HIV-orphans in Zambia.
ABC's closer was Person of the Week Chris Walsh, a medic with the Marine Corps who stumbled over a deformed newborn girl while on patrol in Fallujah. Anchor Charles Gibson (subscription required) recounted how Walsh promised to organize intestinal surgery but was killed by a bomb before he could make good. His platoon comrades took up Walsh's cause and the baby has just flown to Boston for lifesaving surgery.
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