BUT YOU CAN SEE THE MESS LEFT BEHIND, CARS UP ON THE SIDEWALK AS POLICE CONTINUE THEIR INVESTIGATION. DAN RICE, CBS 2 NEWS. IN TONIGHT’S HEALTHWATCH, COULD THE PATH TO BETTER HEALTH FOR CHILDREN BE A PAIR OF SHOES? NOT JUST ANY SHOES. SHOES WITH SPECIAL DISEASE FIGHTING CAPABILITIES BUILT RIGHT IN. CBS 2’S DR. MAX GOMEZ HAS MORE. Reporter: 300 MILLION PEOPLE IN AFRICA ARE SHOELESS. 1.5 BILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD CENTER PARASITES THAT ENTERED THROUGH THEIR FEET AND COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED WITH PROPER SHOES. HERE’S AN AMAZINGLY SIMPLE SOLUTION. THEY ARE IMAGES WE HAVE SEEN 1,000 TIMES BEFORE. SO OFTEN, THAT WE’VE ALMOST FORGOTTEN WHAT THEY REPRESENT. CHILDREN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES LIVING THEIR LIVES BAREFOOT AND SUFFERING BECAUSE OF LACK OF SHOES. PARASITES AND THEY ARE BACTERIA, THE INFECTION COMES THROUGH THE FEET. THE KID GROWS UP IN A PLACE LIKE UGANDA. BEFORE THEY KNOW IT ATTACKS THE NERVE SYSTEM. Reporter: THAT WAS HIS LIFE GROWING UP AS A CHILD IN NIGERIA. THEN HE WON A PAIR OF SHOES THAT MISSIONARIES WERE GIVING AWAY IN A BASKETBALL CONTEST. I AM THE FIRST PERSON IN MY ENTIRE COMMUNITY TO OWN TENNIS SHOES. CHANGED MY LIFE. Reporter: THAT LED TO A BASKETBALL SCHOLARSHIP IN NORTH DAKOTA BUT HE NEVER FORGOT WHAT IT WAS LIKE GROWING UP TO SHOELESS WHICH LED HIM TO FOREIGN SAMARITANS FEET A FOUND DANGER PLEDGE TO PROVIDE MILLIONS OF SHOES TO THE BAREFOOT. HE ALSO FOUND PARTNERS THAT HELPED HIM BUILD SOMETHING HE IS CALLING THE WORLD SHOE. IT’S THE FIRST OF ITS KIND THAT HAS AN ACTIVE ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTY THAT REPEL PARASITES AND INFECTION. Reporter: THE PLASTIC THE SHOES ARE MADE OF HAS AN AGENT EMBEDDED IN IT THAT FIGHTS OFF GERMS AND PARASITES THAT INFECT THE FEET OF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD. SAMARITANS FEET HAS ALREADY DISTRIBUTED 7 MILLION PAIRS OF SHOES IN 100 COUNTRIES AND 375 U.S. COMMUNITIES. THE FOUNDATION IS ALSO PARTNERING WITH NUMEROUS SPORTS STARS, COACHES AND COMPANIES TO DELIVER ANOTHER 30 MILLION SHOES. MANNY ISN’T THERE YET. BUT HE IS ON THE WAY TO — MY DREAM HAS ALWAYS BEEN THAT ONE DAY WE’LL HAVE A WORLD WITH ZERO SHOELESS CHILDREN. Reporter: THAT’S QUITE A DREAM. THESE ARE THE SHOES. THEY ARE MADE IN THE U.S. THEY ARE VERY LIGHTWEIGHT. AND KIDS CAN WEAR THEM TO SCHOOL AS WELL AS TO PLAY. LET ME HAND THESE OVER TO YOU. WOW. THEY’RE SO LIGHT. THEY ARE LIGHT. AMAZING. YOU KNOW, ONE MORE BENEFIT IS THEY ARE MADE OF A BIODEGRADABLE MATERIAL SO AFTER THEY’RE WORN OUT THEY WON’T CLOG UP LANDFILLS FOREVER AND EVER. THEY FEEL LIKE PLASTIC THAT WILL BE AROUND FOREVER BUT THEY ARE ACTUALLY BIODEGRADABLE. AND THEY GO AWAY AND THEY HAVE YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE ALL OF