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Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015 at 08:21 AM PDT

Dancers With Parkinson's Perform For First Time

Dancers With Parkinson's Perform For First Time

When organizers of the first dance class specifically for people with Parkinson's Disease looked to expand outside of New York City. Berkeley Ballet Theater's Susan Weber was their first phone call.

Friday, May 29, 2015 at 12:25 PM PDT

The 17-Year Love Story Behind San Jose's New $6 Million Playground

The 17-Year Love Story Behind San Jose's New $6 Million Playground

Something happened the first time Julie Matsushima held her granddaughter, Aimee, seventeen years ago. A bond was formed that changed both their lives, and is now enriching the lives of other children with...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11:05 AM PDT

Fairfax Teen's Girl Scout Project Brings Together Dogs, Children With Autism

Fairfax Teen's Girl Scout Project Brings Together Dogs, Children With Autism

Rachel Blackman loves animals and she loves her cousin who has autism. Jumping For Joy is her way to bring both those loves together.

Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM PDT

Los Altos Schoolchildren Work To Save Beloved Redwoods Suffering In Drought

Los Altos Schoolchildren Work To Save Beloved Redwoods Suffering In Drought

The Lower Lawn at Los Altos' Ventana School doesn't actually have any grass. It does, however, have a few redwood trees having a hard time in this drought. A few first and second graders are doing what they can...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 07:05 AM PDT

Sonoma Teen Turns Passion For Photography Into Donations For Diabetes Research

Sonoma Teen Turns Passion For Photography Into Donations For Diabetes Research

Christian Isbrandtsen was always looking for an excuse to take pictures. One night, he found a very good one.

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 06:41 AM PDT

Stanford Researcher Announces "Promising Therapy" In Fight Against Deadly Pediatric Brain Tumor

Stanford Researcher Announces "Promising Therapy" In Fight Against Deadly Pediatric Brain Tumor

When Libby and Tony Kranz agreed to donate their daughter, Jennifer's, brain tumor after her death, they hoped it might lead to advances in the fight against a disease, DIPG, that hadn't seen any in decades.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 06:59 AM PDT

Mill Valley Boy Starts Own Baseball League In Order To Play With Older Brother With Autism

Mill Valley Boy Starts Own Baseball League In Order To Play With Older Brother With Autism

Growing up, two of Tyler Barbee's favorite things were the sport of baseball and his older brother, Connor, who has autism. When he was just 11 years old, he figured a way to bring them together.

Friday, May 8, 2015 at 08:18 AM PDT

Woman Transforms Donated Wedding Dresses Into Beautiful, Touching Gifts For Bereaved Parents

Woman Transforms Donated Wedding Dresses Into Beautiful, Touching Gifts For Bereaved Parents

Allison Hampton says she felt bad the first time she ripped apart a perfectly good wedding dress. Now that she knows the good that can come from it, she's got no problem with it.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 11:55 AM PDT

Former Minor League Baseball Player, Once Homeless, Now Coaching Team Of Homeless Softball Players

Former Minor League Baseball Player, Once Homeless, Now Coaching Team Of Homeless Softball Players

Walter Barnes says the Downtown Streets Team helped him get back on his feet when he had lost his way. He now volunteers with them helping others find jobs, homes, and and Friday nights, home plate.

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 01:10 PM PDT

A's Honor Union City Teacher For 20 Years Of "Baseball Wednesdays"

A's Honor Union City Teacher For 20 Years Of "Baseball Wednesdays"

From math to reading to geography, there isn't a subject yet that Adrienne Alexander hasn't been able to teach with the help of baseball.

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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@nbcuni.com