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>> tonight, bay area ploud. they may not have any gold records to their name, but their fans in one bay area hospital cowl care less. >> thank you so much. >> i didn't know what i could do or how to even get there. >> she may not know, but he does. >> i teach students how to believe in themselves. >> a doctor is using his own life experience to teach something that's not in a textbook. >> are you guys crazy? >> he is. i'm not. >> it may take a certain kind of crazy to do what this couple
does. giving up a good chunk of their loves and home to help a certain type of animal. >> it's just one little part of the world that we try and help. >> good evening. we begin at the end. the end for chemotherapy. for a cancer patient, the last treatment is something they've been looking forward to for months if not years. patients look forward to it for more than one reason. it's not enough for the staff there just to save your life. they want to entertain you as well. >> every two weeks at the stanford cancer center, maureen has a standing appointment to sit. for three hours. who however long it takes that day for her chemotherapy drugs to go from bag to body and get
to work to get rid of whatever is left of her breast cancer. she's just waiting for it all together over. which it will be, once this very last bag is empty. >> nurses, can you meet me by bonn bonnie's desk? >> and once chris tucker and the other nurses have had their say -- >> does anyone actually need the words? >> or their song. ♪ the chemo is done ♪ and we're so excited for you ♪ hey now ♪ hay nou ♪ the chemo's done. >> for the past few years, any patient who wants it -- and many do -- get their own singing send off by the nursing staff. it began, chris says, three or four years ago with a patient having a real rough go of her treatment. >> one day she said to us, i can't wait for this to be done. when i'm done would you guys,
like, sing for me? we said sure. having no idea what in the world we were going to do. >> reporter: and with that request, a tradition among the staff was born. >> chris says, they'll sometimes sing the song twice a day. the light hearted moments helping the staff deal with a job that can be rather intense. still, over the year, chris has come to realize their song does a lot more. >> okay, this is for you. this is for you. this goes a long way to rehumanizing what now can of be a dehumanizing experience. a reminder that in the end, patients and nurses are all on the same team. ♪ and with this little song, two verses long, 15 second in all, they get to celebrate a win and if all goes well -- >> you guys have been great. >> 50 never see each other again. >> thank you. thank you so much.
>> medical professionals is great for people going outside their comfort zones to help othe others. a 9-year-old girl is take on the daunting problem of human slavery. vivian doesn't see it that way. she's just a girl who learned about a problem and sought to fight it the only way she knows how, with some amazing results. >> look, i'm shaving it. >> like many 9-year-olds, vivian has energy to burn. >> the kind of for the whm the phrase sitting down to lunch is often just a suggestion. still, it's not just vivian's energy that has gotten her a lot of attention recently. it's her stamina. really, what other preteen decides to attack an issue like child slavery then stick with it for two years. >> i saw a photo of two boys in
slavery and i just decided to help. >> it was actually vivian's parents who saw the picture first of two brothers holding hands and carrying stones. >> you were shaking. weeping. >> i had to leave the gal ree. i was inconsolable. >> vivian's parents took her seriously when she decided to do the one thing a then 7-year-old knows how to do. >> a lemonaid stand to end slavery. and i didn't think it would get this far. >> all because vivian didn't just do a stand for one day or even one week or even one month. on day 52, new york times columnist nicholas christoph retweeted vivian to his million plus follows in a pint-sized world saving celebrity was born. >> i'm so glad i'm helping. and it's just the best thing in the world and i didn't ever think it would be. i thought just getting a stuffed animal would be the best thing. but actually this really is.
>> vivian reached her original goal of $100,000 on day 173 with her stand set up in times square. >> we said you did it. you've reached your goal, you're done. he said is child slavery done? we said no. she said i'm not done. >> do you want a bottle? >> yes. >> okay. >> vivian eventually stopped setting up the stand after doing it every day for a whole year. not because her passion had waned. rather her goals had grown. vivian and her family are now bottling mega stand lemonaid. they have their prungt, two flavors of it now, in 70 sdoers around the western u.s. they have raised $1 million to get this operation off the ground. and if we've learned anything about vivian, we know that's just a start. >> i want to help these kids and i want to end slavery.
slavery is not good at all and i want to end it. >> it's chosen five different anti-slavery organizations to receive their donations. one of them focusing on the problem right here in the united states. we began our bay area proud series over a year ago with the simple goal -- highlight the positive stories that often get lost in a blizzard of bad news. young people in the city of oakland die due to violence is an all too frequent story. it's also what sparked one do doctor to change how he practices medicine and perhaps change the future face of medicine. >> come on in, guys. we're going to debrief. >> of all the truly important skills he's teaching these young people -- >> every single day we're learning something now new. medicine consistently changes. >> the greatest just might be the ability to see the future. to sigh no matter what obstacles stha face in life, it is possible to surmount them. just like he did.
>> i teach students how to believe in themselves. >> toe maz grew up poor in a single parent family in east los angeles. the concept of ever going to college, let alone medical school, was not part of his reality. >> absolutely not. >> tomas said it was the intervention of dee key adults at key moments that changed the course of his life. >> you can tell the difference between one or the other. something that's benign or something that's a serious seizure. >> hez goal is now to be that adult for others. >> so in 2000, tomas started the faces for the future co-lig. an organization now spreading statewide, exposing young people to the possibility of a career in medicine. >> there's the pulmonary, the trisus pid. >> summer program students are in the simulation lab. >> arms locked, the movement comes from your waist.
>> they experience examinations and interventions. >> you are completely die lated. >> each one made all the more realistic with state of the arm dummies that breathe, beat, and in stom cases even talk. the summer course is for people of all background, but these are for at-risk students, the one that tomas really wants to reach. >> uh dependent know what i could do or how i could get there. >> the most powerful experiences sf seeing young people begin in themselves. that moment when they start saying oh, i can do this. some 500 students have gone through the program, each and every one graduating high school.
one going through the first class finished medical school and starting her residency at children's hospital. >> i hope this experience inspired many of you to consider doing this. i like to see young people achieve outcomes. you have to feel tremendous pride about that. >> as we said, he runs two faces programs during the school year. they enroll at-risk students from disadvantaged communities. but during the summer program, any young person curious about a career in medicine is welcome to apply. >> coming up, a seed of an idea takes root grows. >> i didn't want to give up all the blood, sweat and tears i put into it. >> coming up, how a san francisco woman transforms her neighborhood into a beautiful oasis. but first, growing the american dream. meet a group of bay area wine makers who are pouring their lifetime of
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. >> the american dream. co-s in all shapes and sizes. we're headed to wine country where we found remarkable success for a group of people with the most humble of beginnings. >> a group of reds anticipate whites. >> turns out they're good at grow dreams, too. dreams lake rafael rios came true. she came to the united states at age 2. that's him with his dad in the back of a pickup truck. the earliest memories they can conjure up is the family working among the greats. although not all the memories are pleasant ones.
>> there's frost overnight, the grass is still crunchy. and this is one of my most vivid memories, how much my toes would hurt after walking through that. >> it certainly is a long way from there to here. rafael rios, now the maker of usticio wine. >> i just kind of set a goal and kind of started working towards it. >> it's really smooth. >> but the fact that rafael went from farm worker to wine maker is not the most remarkable part of this story. >> i come in from mexico in '68. and i make $1.06. >> reporter: it's that ronaldo did it too igna doctor io. in fact, enough people, 14 in all have made their journey. they created their own group. >> 14 of those small american
dream stories. >> ignacio now helps his father run their business. he says this is not just a uniquely american tale. it's something also unique to the wine business. there is, he say, something about the mix of agriculture and art industry that makes this business ripe for this type of success. >> most of the wine-making magic happens in the vineyards. if you don't know the vineyards, making weans is ininformed. >> the group gets together to celebrate the fruits of their success, as well as raise money for scholarships. and while there may be kids who,ing in the fields today who lack the money to pursue their dreams, at least they know no longer lack role models. >> coming up, a match of land off interstate 280 in san francisco blooms into an urban sanctuary. how one woman made it happen. that's still ahead. plus, i'm always looking for bay
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>> there's a bit of advice that annie likes to live by -- better to ask forrer forgiveness than permission. her lack of permission has made for an abundance of beauty in one san francisco neighborhood. >> up with of the great things about living in this san francisco neighborhood is the view. out almost any window, a site to behold. except at one time, this window. annie shaw's window. >> it just looked like woodchips
and fennel and dog poop basically. this is the plot of land annie is talking about and what it looked like in 2008 about the time her boyfriend, now husband, said he wanted to move so they could have a garden. >> i really didn't want to move house. i said well, there's a patch across the street. let's put a guard therein. it will save me a lot of work. wrong. >> wrong because after if she planted a few flower, she felt it needed some more then some more and well, by the time annie realized how much work this garden was going to be, it was too late to turn back. >> i didn't want to give up all the blood, sweat and tears i put into it, so i just kept going. . >> going for five years now. plot of land tucked inside the mare poe is a offramp and owned, annie later loerned by cal-tran is the pennsylvania street garden.
owe soo a little less than one acre of flowers, trees and paths. an oasis not just from annie, but a team of neighbors who have get together to keep the garden growing. neighbors, annie says, she didn't know before this whole thing got started. >> eiffel like i know everyone in the neighborhood. and i know how deeply involved people can be in improving their neighborhoods. >> annie says she is glad she didn't know what she was getting back then, for if she did, garden never would have been planted and an urban success story never would have taken root. >> to understand the community live in, that's very important to me. that reese something that was completely asleep in me before this. that's heart warming. i love it.
annie now partners with cal-trans, the dpw to keep the garden going. they've even beautified pennsylvania street a few blooks away from the original location. now, annie can only guess mao hard she has worked on her garden, but one group of students nou know exactly how hard they worked to build a house. 1 .2 million calories wor. this is an update to a bay area proud story we did back in july on jim rietz. at age 75, he's been a key member of and mentor to santa clara's entries into the department of energy's solar decathl decathl decathl decathlon. it's a competition to see kwh school can build the most efficient, most attractive solar home. the team that did this year's entry wore nike bands. the now finished home trucked
away from santa clara last week on its way to the competition being held next month in irvine. >> an eastbound couple takes animal ownership to a whole new level. >> guy from animal control was here counting. when she got to 115, she said i not going to count anymore. >> how they turned their home into a refuge.
our final story tonight is about a couple who really love liing in the east bay. when their home was demolished to make way for a freeway, they were given the option and the money to settle anywhere el. they moved just two miles away. they are just that type that when they like something, they are all in. if there's one thing that's
undeniably true about living in the bay area it's that you never know what you'll find around the next corner, particularly if that corper takes you at the enof this castro valley cul-de-sac and the home of gary and ginger. are you guys crazy? >> yeah. yeah. >> he is. i'm not. >> she drove me crazy. a. >> bickering, it turns out, is one of two things that they are very good at. the other -- taking care of this little guy. and these big guys. and absolutely every kind of turtle and tortoise in between. >> busting through the grass there. . >> just how many live in gary and ginger's backyard? your guess is as good as theirs. >> when a gal from animal control was here counting, when she got to 115, she says i'm not going to count anymore. >> these guys are start showing in just a minute. >> gary says it all started with a i think isle tortoise back in
1987. he had animals all his life, and when ginger developed an allergy to fur, turtles made a lot of sense. ginger was soon onboard as well. >> well, they don't talk back. they don't, you know, cause a ruckus. >> in fact, gary and ginger liked the turtles so much, they couldn't help collecting them. and when one needed rescuing, they couldn't say no to that either. or the next one. or the hundreds upon hundreds that have ended up on their doorstep since. they are now a recognized turtle and tortoise rescue organization, accepting animals from around northern california and the world. >> it seems there's almost no end tot number of animals that need help and no end to gary and ginger's dedication to them.
caring for, feeding, water, seven days a week, morning noon and night, every day of the year. never taking a vacation, never asking for help. >> it's just one little part of the world that we try and help. >> they need somebody to take care of them. and it gives us something to do. >> so yes, by their own admission, the wilfongs are crazy, and because of that, these turtles are lucky. >> we hope you've enjoyed this past half-hour of good news. you can catch new bay area proud stories tuesdays and thursdays in our 5:00 p.m. newscast. you can also watch some or all of the more than 100 bay area proud stories we've done in the past on our website, bay area proud.com. you'll also find a link there to follow me on twitter, like me on facebook or most importantly, send me an e-mail about the person you think has a story everyone should here. thanks again for joining us.
>> the wyant family's life revolves around the ocean. they live in the only house on the nautical mile. the widowed mother lives here and the son lives here and super storm sandy destroyed their home. today, they are being rescued. >> my name is priscilla wyant. i'm from freeport on the nautical mile.