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Thursday, Apr 26, 2018 at 01:03 PM PDT

Chess Prodigy Returns To Teach Students About Game And Life

Chess Prodigy Returns To Teach Students About Game And Life

When Abel Talamantez decided he wanted to "make a difference" going forward in his life, he looked back to find the perfect way to do it. Garvin Thomas reports.

Sunday, Apr 22, 2018 at 01:28 PM PDT

Daughter of SJ Firefighter Develops Program to Reduce Stress

Daughter of SJ Firefighter Develops Program to Reduce Stress

In 2014, Shannon McQuaide needed to come up with a project as part of her master's program in leadership. She decided to combine two of the major influences in her life: yoga and the fire department. It...

Sunday, Apr 22, 2018 at 01:44 PM PDT

Firefighter Daughter Brings Yoga Into the Fire Station

Firefighter Daughter Brings Yoga Into the Fire Station

In 2014, Shannon McQuaide needed to come up with a project as part of her master's program in leadership. She decided to combine two of the major influences in her life: yoga and the fire department. It...

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018 at 11:07 PM PDT

Stranger's Generosity Makes Santa Rosa Students, Displaced By Fire, Feel More At Home

Stranger's Generosity Makes Santa Rosa Students, Displaced By Fire, Feel More At Home

As head of the nonprofit, Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo, Nancy Ballard regularly transforms chemotherapy infusion rooms, a place no one wants to be, into more pleasant places to be. Her latest project is somewhat...

Thursday, Mar 29, 2018 at 10:17 PM PDT

South Bay University Wins National Championships In ... Ethics?

South Bay University Wins National Championships In ... Ethics?

Four Santa Clara University students bested teams from more than 200 other schools to take the title in the 2018 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Garvin Thomas reports.

Thursday, Dec 21, 2017 at 10:47 PM PST

Teen Thanks Teacher Who Helped Him Through Gender Transition

Teen Thanks Teacher Who Helped Him Through Gender Transition

At Branham High School's Winter Wishes Assembly, the school's leadership class tries to grant as many student wishes as possible. Skylar Henry's was easy: he just wanted to say, "Thank You," to someone...

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018 at 06:04 PM PDT

Stanford Oncologist Works While Fighting Own Cancer Battle

Stanford Oncologist Works While Fighting Own Cancer Battle

Dr. Ellie Guardino was first diagnosed with melanoma a decade ago. A lot has changed since then, but one thing hasn't: her dedication to helping others fight their cancer battles. Garvin Thomas reports.

Friday, Dec 15, 2017 at 06:16 PM PST

A 5-Year-Old's Wish: Volunteers Decorate Home As Mother Battles Cancer

A 5-Year-Old's Wish: Volunteers Decorate Home As Mother Battles Cancer

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation has accomplished big things over the years. It has raised more than $30 million for cancer research and patient services. The small things they do, though, can be...

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 at 12:02 PM PST

Turning Housing Into A Home: South Bay Woman Provides Formerly Homeless With Essentials For Their New Lives

Turning Housing Into A Home: South Bay Woman Provides Formerly Homeless With Essentials For Their New Lives

The first thing you should know about Annette Hancock is that she can stretch a dollar like few others. It's like a superpower. The other thing you should know about Hancock is that, for almost twenty years, she...

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 at 11:52 PM PST

North Bay Nurse’s Plea for Help for Fire Victims Goes Viral

North Bay Nurse’s Plea for Help for Fire Victims Goes Viral

At first, Payton Walton was just looking to help her coworkers who had lost their homes in the North Bay wildfires. The innovative relief system she came up with is now helping thousands of fire victims. If you...

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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.