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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.

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 at 10:46 PM PDT

Thousands Of Pounds Of Excess Food Diverted From University To Soup Kitchen Thanks To Undergrads

Thousands Of Pounds Of Excess Food Diverted From University To Soup Kitchen Thanks To Undergrads

A class on sustainability at Santa Clara University required Makena Wong and Paloma Sisneros-Lobato to come up with a plan to solve a campus problem. It didn't require them to implement the plan.

Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 at 10:11 AM PDT

Santa Cruz Mother, Cancer Survivor, Running 8 Half Marathons in 9 Days

Santa Cruz Mother, Cancer Survivor, Running 8 Half Marathons in 9 Days

Heidi Boynton is running to challenge herself, and raise the profile of her non profit, Mini Mermaid Running Club.

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 at 01:18 PM PDT

Pacifica 12-Year-Old Aims To Raise $10K To Help Kids Get To Camp

Pacifica 12-Year-Old Aims To Raise $10K To Help Kids Get To Camp

Cash Ashkinos was crushed when his parents told him the summer camp of choice was too expensive. He then got creative to not only solve his problem, but help others do the same.

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 06:22 PM PDT

San Jose 13-Year-Old Invents Device To Help White Canes "See"

San Jose 13-Year-Old Invents Device To Help White Canes "See"

The first white cane for the blind was introduced close to a century ago. Raghav Ganesh thought it was about time for an upgrade.

Friday, Apr 3, 2015 at 06:41 AM PDT

The Power of Zen Doodling

The Power of Zen Doodling

Nancy Domnauer believes our brains are under assault in the modern world. She thinks Zen Doodling is a great way to fight back.

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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