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Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 10:36 PM PDT

Palo Alto Teacher, Cancer Survivor Pushes For Vaccinations

Palo Alto Teacher, Cancer Survivor Pushes For Vaccinations

A Palo Alto schoolteacher and mother of two who fought a three-year battle with cervical cancer is putting herself and her story out there to make sure parents vaccinate their young sons and daughtersd

Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10:33 PM PDT

San Francisco Filmmaker Pays Tribute To Great-Grandfather's Work, Legacy

San Francisco Filmmaker Pays Tribute To Great-Grandfather's Work, Legacy

Lim Lip Hong was one of the first, of what would be thousands, Chinese immigrants to work on the Transcontinental Railroad. 150 years later, his great-grandson is documenting his work and his legacy.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 03:49 PM PDT

East Bay Woman Provides Families In Need With Clean Diapers

East Bay Woman Provides Families In Need With Clean Diapers

Concord resident Lisa Sweet, who used to run an adoption agency, has dedicated herself providing thousands of free diapers each month to low-income parents.

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 at 09:38 PM PDT

Los Gatos Architect Organizes Fitting Memorial For Late Business Partner

Los Gatos Architect Organizes Fitting Memorial For Late Business Partner

Last November, Brad McCurdy, a Los Gatos architect, died suddenly. His family, friends, and coworkers wondered how best to memorialize his life. They settled on a rather unusual way: fixing up the home of an...

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019 at 01:33 PM PDT

East Bay College Students Use Tech To Breath New Life Into Old Skeletons

East Bay College Students Use Tech To Breath New Life Into Old Skeletons

Two students at Cal State East Bay turned to 3-D printing technology to make replacement bones for schools' skeletons. They then realized how their work could benefit high school students around the country....

Thursday, Apr 18, 2019 at 09:50 PM PDT

Burlingame PR Executive Lends Expertise To Help Cancer Patient Half A World Away

Burlingame PR Executive Lends Expertise To Help Cancer Patient Half A World Away

Oriana Branon, a Burlingame public relations professional who often blogs about what life is like raising biracial children, helps a biracial mother in Germany find a stem cell donor to fight her rare blood...

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 at 09:39 PM PDT

Santa Cruz Surfer Uses Sport to Give Back to Wounded Warriors

Santa Cruz Surfer Uses Sport to Give Back to Wounded Warriors

Operation Surf returned to Santa Cruz for the 9th year with the help of volunteers like Brian Waters. Garvin Thomas reports.

Saturday, Mar 30, 2019 at 07:58 PM PDT

San Mateo High School Students Spread Positive News

San Mateo High School Students Spread Positive News

When her US History teacher told the class they should start a positive news program when they were grown up and rich, the idea resonated with Caroline Rumer. Except, she had no plans to wait for either of those...

Thursday, Mar 21, 2019 at 11:57 PM PDT

Captured On Video: Touching Gift From Nurse Brings Teen Awaiting Transplant To Tears

Captured On Video: Touching Gift From Nurse Brings Teen Awaiting Transplant To Tears

When Colin James, a nurse at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, won an Ed Sheeran-signed-guitar in a radio station contest, he thought it was great. The only problem was he doesn't play guitar. So,...

Friday, Mar 1, 2019 at 05:05 PM PST

Grateful For Life-Changing Gift, 15-Year-Old Amputee Looks To Help Teammate

Grateful For Life-Changing Gift, 15-Year-Old Amputee Looks To Help Teammate

The power of paying it forward is something that, for many of us, takes a lifetime to learn. Not for 15-year-old Ella Rodriguez of Gilroy. Garvin Thomas reports.

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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
North Bay Spirit Awards
The North Bay Spirit award was developed in partnership with The Press Democrat and Comcast NBCU to celebrate people who make a difference in our communities. In addition to highlighting remarkable individuals, the North Bay Spirit program aims to encourage volunteerism, raise visibility of nonprofits and create a spirit of giving. Click here for stories and videos about the recipients.