Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:21 AM PDT

San Jose Teen Led Search for Missing Plane

San Jose Teen Led Search for Missing Plane

When a plane carrying five members of a South Bay family crashed in December, more than 2,000 people joined a Facebook group to help scour satellite images for signs of where the plane went

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:29 PM PDT

Mill Valley Woman With Down Syndrome A Winner At National Special Olympics, A Role Model Back Home

Mill Valley Woman With Down Syndrome A Winner At National Special Olympics, A Role Model Back Home

What did Kim Chandler do after winning three swimming medals at the Special Olympics' USA Games? Kept winning, of course.

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 05:54 PM PDT

Woman Determined To Help Less-Fortunate Children Be Better Prepared For School

Woman Determined To Help Less-Fortunate Children Be Better Prepared For School

Lynda Hall has set a goal of delivering 500 lightly-used backpacks filled with school supplies to homeless and needy children in Santa Cruz County.

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 01:51 PM PDT

Mill Valley Man Treks To Turn Personal Loss Into Public Gain

Mill Valley Man Treks To Turn Personal Loss Into Public Gain

John "Woody" Orofino plans to hike all 210 miles of the John Muir Trail later this summer. He will be by himself, but not alone.

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 04:18 PM PDT

Pleasanton Man's Colorful Gesture To Make Sick Wife Smile Inspires Hundreds To Join Him

Pleasanton Man's Colorful Gesture To Make Sick Wife Smile Inspires Hundreds To Join Him

Valerie Brosdal admits the month following her cancer diagnosis was a dark time. All her husband, Ralph Kapostins, wanted to do was make her smile. He had no idea so many others would want to help him.

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.

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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