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they can't learn in textbooks. >> giving up good chunks of their lives. >> it's just one little part of the world that we try and help. >> good evening and welcome to the broadcast. we we gin the special at the end the end, that is of chemotherapy. for a cancer patient, their last treatment is something they have likely been looking forward to for months if not years. at stanford cancer center, though, patients look forward to it for more than one reason. you see, it's not enough for the staff there just to save your life. they want to entertain you as well. >> every two week, maureen has standing appointment to sit for three hours. or however it takes from her chemo drugs to go to bag and
body and getting rid of whatever may be left of her breast cancer. maureen has been doing it for three months now. passing the time with friends, family or tv, just waiting for it all to be over. which it will be once this bag is empty. and the nurses in the fusion treatment area have had their say. >> dwuz anyone actually need the words? >> or should we say their song. ♪ the chemo is done ♪ and we're so excited for you ♪ hey now hey now ♪ the chemo's done. >> for the past few year, any patient who wants it -- and many do -- get their own singing send off from the nurse's staff. it began with a patient having a real rough go of her treatment.
she said when i'm done, with can you sing to me? we said sure. having no idea what we were going to do. >> and with that request, a tradition among the staff was born. they'll sometimes sing the song twice a day. the light hearted moment, helping the staff deal with the job that can be rather intense. still finding out over the years, their song does a lot more. this goes a long way to rehumanizing what can often be a dehumanizing experience. >> a reminder that in the end, patients and nurses are all on the same team. this song, 15 seconds in all, they get to celebrate a win and if all goes well -- >> you guys have been great. >> never see each other again. >> thank you. thank you so much.
>> medical professionals singing to their patients is a great example of people going outside their comfort zone to help others. so for that matter, a 9-year-old girl 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 fought to fight it the op only way she knew how with amazing results. >> look, i'm shaving it. >> like many a 9-year-old, vivian harr has energy to wurn. the kind of kid for whom the phrase sitting down is lumpl is often times just a suggestion. still, it's not her energy that has gotten her a lot of attention recently. it's her stamina. what other preteen decides to tackle an issue like child slavery nen stick to it for two years. >> i saw a story of two boys in
slavely and decided to help. >> i had so leave the gallery. i was inconsolable. >> vivian 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. new york sometimes columnist retwitted vivian to his millions of followers in a pint sized world savings celebrity was born. '. >> i'm so glad i'm helping.
>> vivian reached her goal of $100,000 on day 103 with her stand set up in times square. >> we said you did it. you reached your goal, you tier done. she said is child slavery done? we said no. then she said i'm not done. >> we set up the lemonaid stand. >> do you want a bot snl. >> vivian 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. they're now bottling mega stand lemonaid. they have their product, two flavors of it now in 750 stores 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 really want to help these kids and i don't want to end -- i want to end slavery.
slavery is not good at all. i want to end it. >> five different anti-slavery organizations receive their donations. one focus on the problem right here in the united states. we began our bay area proud series over a year ago with a simple goal -- highlight the positive stories that often get lost in a blizzard of bad news. young people dying of violence is an all too frequent story. is it also what sparked a doctor to change how he practices med sen and perhaps change the future face of medicine. >> of all the truly important skills -- >> every single day we're looking something new. med sen consistently changes. >> the greatest just might be the ability to see the future. >> i teach students how to
believe in themselves. he grew up poor in a single parent family in east los angeles. the concept of ever going to college let alone medical school wouz not part of his reality. >> absolutely not. >> what role model did i have to even consider that as a possibility? >> tomas said it was the intervention of key adults at key moments who changed the course of his life. >> you can tell the difference of one or the other. >> he's the face of future coalition, an organization exposing young people to the possibility of a career in medicine. there's the pulmonary, the tricuspid. >> summer program students are at the simulation lab. >> arms locked, the movement comes from your waist. >> they experience medical
examination and intervention. >> you want to put it right in. >> from life saving -- >> you are completely die lated. >> to life giving. each one made more realistic with state-of-the-art dummies that breathe, beat and in some cases even talk. the summer course is open to teeps of all program but this one is just for at-risk students, the ones tomas really wants to reach. >> a powerful experience are those moments you see transformation happening and young people begin to believe in themselves, that ah-ha moment where they say oh, i can do this. >> so far, some 500 students have gone through the program. each and every one graduating high school. a member of the very first class even now having finished medical school and starting her
residency at oakland's children's hospital. >> every single one of you can do this. i hope that this experience inspires many of you to really consider doing this. >> stwo faces program on the school year. they enroll at-risk students from disskranged communities. any young person interested in a career in medicine is welcome to apply. >> i didn't want to give up on the blood, sweat and tears i put it into and i just kept going. >> coming up, how a san francisco woman transformed her neighborhood into a beautiful oas oasis. >> but first, growing the bay area wine makers pouring their lifetime of experience into a
the american dream comes in all shapes and sizes. we head to a group of people with the most humble of beginnings. >> they are good at growing reds and growing whites. and it turns out -- >> just about three years they're good at growing dream, too. dreams like rafael rios had come true. rafael came to the united states at the age of 2. rafael says for him and his siblings, the earliest memories they can conjure up are the family working among the grapes. although not all the memories are pleasant ones. >> early spring mornings, where
it had, you know, there's been fost frost overnight and the grass is still frozen and crunchy, and you get out there. and this is one of my most vivid memories, how much my toes would hurt after being out, you know, walking through that. >> it certainly is a long way from there to here. rafael rios, now the maker of wine. >> i just kind of set a goal and kind of started working towards it. >> but the fact that rafael went from farm worker to wine maker is not the most remarkable part of the story. >> i come in from nex co in '68 and i mange $1.10 an hour. enough people, 14 in all have made this journey. they formed their own group. the napa sonoma mexican-american venn yard association.
>> small american dream stories. >> agnacio now helps his father run their business. he says this is not just a uniquely american tale. he says there's 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. >> they raise money for scholarships. while there may be kids working in the fields today who lack the money to pursue their dream, at least they no longer lack the role models. >> coming up, a patch of land blooms into an urban sanctuary. how one woman made it happen. that's still ahead.
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>> there's a bit of advice. it's better to sd for forgiveness than permission. now, if you ever found yourself saying the same thing, then annie is your type of gal or should we say your type of gardner? because her lack of per middleweight has made for an abundance of beauty in one san francisco neighborhood. >> one of the great things about living in san francisco's patrero hills neighborhood is the view. out almost any window, a sight to behold.
>> this is the pot of land about the final her boyfriend now husband said he wanted to move so they could have a garden. >> i really didn't want to move house. and i thought, well, there's a patch of land across the street, will he's just put some flowers there. that will save me a lot of work. wrong. >> she felt it needed more. then some more. by the time she 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. >> the plot of land tucked inside the offramp off of 280 and owned, annie later owned by cal tran is now the. pn street garden.
amazing how many people are loik i didn't even know that was there because they come off the offramp and look in that direction. an oasis in the city maintained, not just by annie anymore, but a team of neighbors who volunteer one saturday morning a month to keep the garden growing. annie said she didn't know before the guard opinion .annie said she didn't know what she's get into back then. if she did, the garden never would have been planted and an urban success story never would have taken root. >> i think being able to understand the community i lived in was very important to me. something that was completely asleep before this.
>> esh now partners with with the park alieng lines and cal tran to keep the garden going. they're even beautifying a part of pennsylvania street a few blocks away. annie can only guess how hard she's worked on her garden, but one group of santa clara students exactly know how hard they worked to build a house. 1.2 million calories worth. this is an update we did back in july. a key member of and mentor to santa clara's entry into the department of energy's solar decathl decathlon. it's a competition to to see which school can build the most efficient and most attractive solar home. this year's entry measured activity level so that's how they know about the million calorie number. the now finished home, tucked
away from santa clara last week on its way to the competition being held next month in irvine. an east bay couple takes animal ownership to a whole new level. >> gal from animal control was here, counting. when she got to 115, she said i'm not going to count anymore. >> coming up, how they turned their home into a refuge.
you never know what you'll find around the next corner, particularly if it takes you to this cul-de-sac and the home and gary and ginger wilfong. of. >> are you guys crazy? >> he is. i'm not. >> she drove me crazy. >> bickering, it turns out, is one of two things that the wilfong's 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. just how many live in their backya backyard? your guess is as good as theirs. >> when a gal from animal control was here, she got to 115 and said i'm not going to count anymore. >> gary said it all started with
a single tortoise back in 1987. ginger was onboard as well. they don't cause a ruckus. when one needed rescuing, they couldn't say no to that or the next one or the hundreds upon hundreds that ended up on their doorstep since. they are a recognized tortoise rescue organization. >> that one in there is oscar. he came from africa, '87 and '88. >> it seems there's almost no end to the number of animals that need help. and no end to their dedication to them.
every day of the year, morning noon and night, 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. >> so yes, by their own admission, the wilfongs are crazy, and because of that, these turtles are lucky. >> you can watch some or all of the more than 100 bay area proud stories we've done past on our website, bay sds areaproud.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.
>> 10-year-old olivia o'donnell loves to bake. when her father was diagnosed with cancer, her passion took on a new meaning and she sold cupcakes and donated all of the proceeds. she's going to have a new kitchen where she can continue to help others for years to come. >> my name is olivia and i'm 10 years old. i'm going to copeland middle school for 6th grade. i found a passion for baking.