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Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 at 02:29 PM PST

East Bay Veteran Credits Golf Program for Saving His Life

East Bay Veteran Credits Golf Program for Saving His Life

Mike Myers signed up for the PGA HOPE program not knowing what he was getting into. What the sport ended up giving him was the challenge in life he so desperately needed. Garvin Thomas shares his story as...

Saturday, Dec 30, 2017 at 02:22 PM PST

The Performance Of A Lifetime: Facebook Engineer With Terminal Illness Takes To The Stage

The Performance Of  A Lifetime: Facebook Engineer With Terminal Illness Takes To The Stage

Rising from intern to manager, 33-year-old Eric Sun has had a great career at Facebook. But ask him what's the most important thing to him he'll not only say something else, he'll spend the rest of his life...

Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 at 03:36 PM PDT

After Crash, Santa Cruz Woman Discovers What Saved Her

After Crash, Santa Cruz Woman Discovers What Saved Her

Sonja Brunner not only believes that the good you do in the world comes back to you ten-fold, she says she is living proof of it. Garvin Thomas reports.

Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 at 11:51 AM PDT

San Francisco Teacher Ready To Share Story, Struggles To Help Inspire Students

San Francisco Teacher Ready To Share Story, Struggles To Help Inspire Students

At 25-years-old, Ali Graham is more confident than ever that what she is missing is a big part of what she has to add. Garvin Thomas shares her story in this Bay Area Proud report.

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 at 04:17 PM PDT

San Jose Artist With Cerebral Palsy Gets First Solo Exhibition

San Jose Artist With Cerebral Palsy Gets First Solo Exhibition

Don Ryker's parents say the expectation for Don growing up was that he could do anything he wanted to in spite of his disability. Like be a great artist.

Friday, Nov 3, 2017 at 08:48 PM PDT

Palo Alto Nonprofit Helps Thousands Cope With Grief

Palo Alto Nonprofit Helps Thousands Cope With Grief

When Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's husband, Dave, died in 2015, she had the resources to pay for the best grief counselors anywhere. She chose one, though, that doesn't charge anything.

Friday, Oct 27, 2017 at 12:52 PM PDT

CEO's Journey to Find Happiness Leads Him to Myanmar

CEO's Journey to Find Happiness Leads Him to Myanmar

Jim Barnett believes that people who think of others first lead happier lives. It's a theory he puts into practice at his company, Glint, as well working with those living with HIV and AIDS in Myanmar.

Friday, Oct 6, 2017 at 07:30 AM PDT

Using Tech To Transform Lives Of Children With Disabilities

Using Tech To Transform Lives Of Children With Disabilities

The Technology Resource Center of Marin opened its doors 17 years ago and while the tech landscape has changed a lot since then, the center's mission has not: unlocking the potential of children with disabiliti...

Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 at 04:57 PM PDT

Girl Scout's Speech Leads to $1.8M in Funding For Playground

Girl Scout's Speech Leads to $1.8M in Funding For Playground

In order to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, Esther Lucas didn't have to convince her city to spend millions to help children living with disabilities. It certainly didn't hurt, though

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 10:35 PM PDT

Palo Alto 16-Year-Old Skater With Sights Set On Olympics Gets Help From Legendary Gold Medalist

Palo Alto 16-Year-Old Skater With Sights Set On Olympics Gets Help From Legendary Gold Medalist

Vincent Zhou says there has been a long line of people who have helped him pursue his "far-fetched" goal of an Olympic championship. The latest, though, is someone who really knows what it takes to get...

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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.