Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 at 06:32 AM PST

Homecoming King Pays It Forward

Homecoming King Pays It Forward

Brandon Gruber, an 18-year-old with Down Syndrome, says he spent his first three years at Aptos High School as an outsider. His senior year, he decided was going to be different. It certainly has been.

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 at 05:43 AM PST

Boy Scout Helps Sex Abuse Victims

Boy Scout Helps Sex Abuse Victims

After five years building her nonprofit, The Grateful Garment Project, Lisa Blanchard thought she had seen it all. Then, a Boy Scout knocked on her door.

Friday, Jan 16, 2015 at 12:03 PM PST

East Bay Vet Moved to Revive Music Career

East Bay Vet Moved to Revive Music Career

John Preston has had some close calls with musical fame in the past. This time, though, the 32-year-old Iraq War veteran thinks his music, and his message, are finally the right fit.

Saturday, Jan 10, 2015 at 09:18 PM PST

Dream Convinces Aspiring Rapper to Become Superhero

Dream Convinces Aspiring Rapper to Become Superhero

Ricky Mena says his new purpose in life, dressing as Spider-Man to cheer up underprivileged and sick children, was given to him in a dream by his late grandmother.

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM PST

"Wishing Tree" Spreads Holiday Spirit

"Wishing Tree" Spreads Holiday Spirit

Four years ago, Vanessa Sabarese read a book about the power of wish-making to change one's life. It's a lesson she has been sharing with her Noe Valley neighbors with great success.

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 12:18 PM PST

SJ Woman Running From NY to Bay Area to Support Navy Seals

SJ Woman Running From NY to Bay Area to Support Navy Seals

Christina Lee has been on the road for the over four months, running across more than a dozen states and covering 2,700 miles, in honor of the Navy Seals. She hopes her journey from New York to the Bay Area will...

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Each week NBC Bay Area's Garvin Thomas profiles the people, the groups, and the companies making the Bay Area, and the world, a better place to live. Bay Area Proud stories are success stories; inspiring profiles of those making a positive change in our communities. Do you know someone who we should profile? Contact garvin.thomas@nbc.com