Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 09:51 AM PST

Preschool Teacher Becomes 'Bike Angel'

Preschool Teacher Becomes 'Bike Angel'

Candy Alcott says the 800 bicycles are the result of a single promise she made to a little boy.

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 at 09:21 PM PST

Teen Health Van Rolls Into 20th Year On New Wheels

Teen Health Van Rolls Into 20th Year On New Wheels

Since first hitting the road, the Teen Health Van from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford has provided more than 4,500 low-income and homeless young people with health services.

Friday, Jan 8, 2016 at 11:11 AM PST

Origami Master Creates Smiles For Sick Children At Oakland Children's Hospital

Origami Master Creates Smiles For Sick Children At Oakland Children's Hospital

Bernie Peyton says he has known of therapeutic powers of origami ever since he was a young boy, sitting at his sick sister's bedside, folding amazing creations and taking her mind off her illness.

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015 at 07:38 AM PST

'Knucklehead' Santa, Elf Bring Joy, Presents to Oakland

'Knucklehead' Santa, Elf Bring Joy, Presents to Oakland

Seven years ago, on a whim, Alex Scott and Alan Smith, decided to dress up as "Knucklehead Santa" and "Chaz The Elf" and head back to their hometown. It was such a hit, they've been returning every year since.

Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 at 01:24 PM PST

Debate League Teaching Students The Power Of Their Own Voice

Debate League Teaching Students The Power Of Their Own Voice

After starting in just 2014, The Silicon Valley Urban Debate League is already working with five schools with more on a waiting list.

Friday, Nov 6, 2015 at 10:05 AM PST

Portrait Photographer Captures Milestone Moments Of Society's Most Vulnerable, For Free

Portrait Photographer Captures Milestone Moments Of Society's Most Vulnerable, For Free

Virginia Becker says as little as five years ago she didn't know the first thing about photography. She has since taken more than 60,000 images, and developed a clear purpose in life.

Friday, Oct 2, 2015 at 01:54 PM PDT

Accidental Reunion Brings Emotional Surprise For Santa Clara County Firefighter, Patient

Accidental Reunion Brings Emotional Surprise For Santa Clara County Firefighter, Patient

Santa Clara County Fire Captain Brent Rapport doesn't usually know what happens to the people he rescues after he delivers them to the hospital. This time, though, he does, and he couldn't be happier about it.

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 09:20 PM PDT

Wealthy Oakland Businessman Turns Down Seat On Hospital Board Of Directors, Opts For Much Different Type Of Chair

Wealthy Oakland Businessman Turns Down Seat On Hospital Board Of Directors, Opts For Much Different Type Of Chair

Cornell Maier estimates he has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. There are many things he could have asked for in return, but there was only one...

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.

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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