Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 11:34 AM PST

Castro Valley Dance Community Rallies Around Ailing Dance Teacher

Castro Valley Dance Community Rallies Around Ailing Dance Teacher

The video that 50 of Rob Perry's current and former dancers created was meant to raise money for his medical care. It is also raising Rob's spirits when he needs it the most.

Friday, Feb 6, 2015 at 12:15 PM PST

Woman Keeps 16-Year-Old Promise to God

Woman Keeps 16-Year-Old Promise to God

When Shelley Ham's daughter Morgan was just a baby,she faced a life threatening illness. Shelley promised God if her child survived, she would dedicated her life to helping sick children. Morgan survived, and 16

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.

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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