Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 at 07:20 AM PST

Woman Aims to Brighten Cancer Patients' Visits

Woman Aims to Brighten Cancer Patients' Visits

During a routine visit to her doctor six years ago, Nancy Ballard walked, by chance, into a chemotherapy treatment room. What she saw began her on a mission that is helping thousands of cancer patients a year.

Friday, Nov 13, 2015 at 12:13 PM PST

Retirement Community Quilters Work Months In Secret To Surprise World War II Veterans

Retirement Community Quilters Work Months In Secret To Surprise World War II Veterans

World War II may have ended 70 years ago, but that didn't stop a group of East Bay women from launching a secret mission to support those who fought it.

Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015 at 11:42 PM PST

Volunteers Rally To Help San Jose Bike Non Profit Roll Into New Home

Volunteers Rally To Help San Jose Bike Non Profit Roll Into New Home

Jim Gardner founded Good Karma Bikes with the belief that bicycles have the power to change lives, and after six years of helping thousands do just that, it was Good Karma's time to ask for a little help.

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 at 03:52 PM PDT

Teen Holds Final Pumpkin Patch Sale for Charity

Teen Holds Final Pumpkin Patch Sale for Charity

Wyeth Coulter says he began growing and selling pumpkins to raise money for charity at age 8 because it was when he started to realize there were bad things in the world. He is finishing at at 18 having learned...

Friday, Dec 11, 2015 at 10:06 AM PST

Weekly Drum Circle Lifts Spirits At San Jose Autism Center

Weekly Drum Circle Lifts Spirits At San Jose Autism Center

Mark Farley says picking up the drums helped give him a spark after a career in Silicon Valley had left him burned out. He thought it might do the same to some people facing a much different challenge.

Friday, Oct 23, 2015 at 10:12 AM PDT

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Staffers Life-Savers By Day, Rock And Rollers For Charity

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Staffers Life-Savers By Day, Rock And Rollers For Charity

Santa Clara Medical Center's house band, Idol Hands, has been performing for free at charity events for the past decade.

Wednesday, Dec 2, 2015 at 08:40 AM PST

3 Berkeley Grads Making Noise In Medical Devices Field With Smart Stethoscope

3 Berkeley Grads Making Noise In Medical Devices Field With Smart Stethoscope

Since its invention 200 years ago, there haven't been any fundamental changes to the stethoscope. Then 3 recent UC Berkeley grads got their hands on it.

Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 at 10:46 AM PDT

The Haunted House That Helped Build The City Of Fremont

The Haunted House That Helped Build The City Of Fremont

In 1969 a group of Fremont women, calling themselves the Candle Lighters, hosted a haunted house to raise money to help build a YMCA. In just a few years the Y was finished, but the Candle Lighters were...

Friday, Oct 16, 2015 at 10:19 AM PDT

Former Pro Athlete, Silicon Valley CEO, Focuses On Baseball-Themed Literacy Non Profit

Former Pro Athlete, Silicon Valley CEO, Focuses On Baseball-Themed Literacy Non Profit

Five years ago, Jim Messemer founded San Francisco RBI, a non profit combining classroom and baseball activities to promote literacy among underserved students.

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 at 06:39 AM PDT

Teacher, Techie, Team Up To Make Recess More Fun

Teacher, Techie, Team Up To Make Recess More Fun

Adaptive Physical Education Specialist Melissa Abadia had an idea for a device that would make recess more fun for some of her disabled students. She just didn't know how to build it.

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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