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Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 06:31 PM PDT

Cupertino Teen Rallies Community To Buy Wheelchair For Best Friend's Paralyzed Father

Cupertino Teen Rallies Community To Buy Wheelchair For Best Friend's Paralyzed Father

When Ishan Sharma learned his best friend's family couldn't afford a motorized wheelchair for his newly-paralyzed father, he vowed to help. This past Monday, he delivered.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 09:27 AM PDT

Simple Act Of Kindness Transforms Student's Life, Benefits Entire High School

Simple Act Of Kindness Transforms Student's Life, Benefits Entire High School

Rama Prasad was an academically gifted, but painfully shy, freshman at San Jose Public School: Tahoma. Then one day two classmates reached out to befriend her. The rest, as they say, is

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM PDT

SJSU Undergrad Makes Rare Galactic Discovery, Is Then Topped By Classmate

SJSU Undergrad Makes Rare Galactic Discovery, Is Then Topped By Classmate

When San Jose State senior Richard Vo identified an ultra compact dwarf galaxy earlier this year, it was the densest collection of stars ever discovered in the universe. That is, it was until his...

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 09:06 AM PDT

San Rafael Coffee Company's Effort To Help Soldiers Yields Unexpected, Romantic Result

San Rafael Coffee Company's Effort To Help Soldiers Yields Unexpected, Romantic Result

Green Bean Coffee's "Cup of Joe For a Joe" Program has resulted in more than a million cups of coffee being donated to service personnel overseas. It is one cup in particular, though, that has the whole company...

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 05:35 PM PST

Family of Girl, 6, Donates Her Tumor After Death

Family of Girl, 6, Donates Her Tumor After Death

Accepting the fact they couldn't even fight to save their daughter Jennifer's life was difficult for Libby and Tony Kranz. Choosing to see past their loss in the hopes of helping others, was not.

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 01:14 PM PDT

Returned Baseball Glove Proves It's Never Too Late To Do The Right Thing (2010)

Returned Baseball Glove Proves It's Never Too Late To Do The Right Thing (2010)

Kelly Johnson took something that didn't belong to him 45 years ago. The search for its true owner yielded some surprising results.

Friday, Feb 7, 2014 at 09:39 AM PST

Oakland Pediatrician Opens Her Home To Patients

Oakland Pediatrician Opens Her Home To Patients

Dr. Caroline Hastings has turned the idea of work/life balance on its head and the results are beautiful.

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 10:39 AM PST

12-Year-Old Creates Braille Printer Out Of Legos

12-Year-Old Creates Braille Printer Out Of Legos

When Shubham Banerjee learned how expensive Braille printers were, he thought he could do better. All he needed was a month, and a set of Legos.

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM PDT

Warm, Dry Winter Puts San Jose Man's Grand Floral Dreams On Hold

Warm, Dry Winter Puts San Jose Man's Grand Floral Dreams On Hold

Rich Santoro, aka The Bulb Guy, planted close to two thousand bulbs in a Milpitas hillside as part of his plan to turn bulb gardening into a fad. The warm weather may have killed almost every one of the flowers,...

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 01:16 PM PDT

SJ Amputee Gets Second Chance at Ironman Championship

SJ Amputee Gets Second Chance at Ironman Championship

Jeff Schmidt says not finishing the Kona Ironman in 2012 turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Still, in 2013, he aimed to finish what he started.

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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@gmail.com