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job. a sun unable to be by his father's side figures out a way. a music therapist wanting to give her patient a moment to remember. ends up enlisting a broadway star for a serenade. >> i want that for me. when my time comes. >> but first, it was just completely mangled. >> a surgeon calls, an amputation needed. but then getting creative. >> here is gar vin thomas. ving. it was the creativity of a san francisco fire chief one year ago that has one man grateful to have his life and his leg. announcer: it was on this very corner of san francisco's park presidio bypass that nico seber's life took
an almost fatal turn. nico seber: just looks like a piece of the headlight to it. announcer: his brand-new subaru had flown off the roadway and wrapped around this tree. nico: when i was in the car, i remember looking at this and just staring straight up, and there's branches all above me that were snapped, and didn't even know how my car got that high up there. announcer: the wreck so bad, the first to see it described it this way. danny macatee: well, he was-- seamus o'donnell: brake lights. it was brake lights in a tree. announcer: paramedic seamus o'donnell and danny macatee's job was to keep nico alive until firefighters could get him out. female: we rarely have someone that trapped. announcer: but freeing nico turned out to be so much harder than rescue captain beth kidrow expected. beth: it was just completely mangled and he was part of that. you know, he was entangled in it, embedded in the car. announcer: for more than two hours, every technique in the manual was tried to get nico out. each and every one failed.
concern was growing that nico would not get out of this car alive. a call was placed to san francisco general for a surgeon to come and do a field amputation. beth: there was just a moment where, you know, i stood up and took a deep breath and looked at everyone and said, "come on, guys, i'm out of ideas. like what else?" bob postel: i really don't know what made it come to me like that. announcer: it was division chief bob postel who came up with the what else. looking around the scene, he saw two tow trucks waiting to clear the wreckage. and though he had never heard of, let alone seen it done before, bob had an idea. use the trucks and their cables to pull nico's car apart. bob: so, it worked. male: chief postel's idea was what saved the whole--everything. beth: i think it's great. i just think--i think it's great that we got him out. i think it's great that he still has his leg. nico: are you the one i have a photo, and i'm holding your arm? is that you?
announcer: and it was on that saved leg that nico was recently able to walk up his rescuers and say thank you. their creativity in his time of crisis, making all the difference. nico: thank you so much. beth: so happy to see you like this, yeah. nico: thank you. thank you again. galvin: from creativity to kindness and making the end of a person's life a little brighter, that person's name was nancy. and sadly, she passed away in september in her home, surrounded by her family, but buoyed by the memory of one unforgettable serenade. announcer: just how many days? no one can know, but vista manor is where 87-year-old nancy will be spending the rest of hers. but don't worry, she is more than okay with that. nancy: the things i love to do the most, i can't do, and i'm very willing to pass on at this point. announcer: still, if nancy expected her final days to be
uneventful ones, she failed to mention that to josephine nguyen. josephine is a musical therapist for seasons hospice. she and nancy quickly bonded over their love of music, musical theater in particular. josephine: every song that i've done that i know, you already know it. announcer: though there was one bit of uncommon ground. josephine had never seen nancy's favorite show, "jersey boys." so, when the national touring company came to san jose and nancy lamented not being able to see it one more time, she urged josephine to go, which she did, but with a plan. after the show, josephine stalked the stage door. and when the actor who played the lead, miguel jarquin-moreland, walked out, she pounced. josephine: i'm a music therapist, i work in hospice, and i'm only seeing this show because my patient who loves it told me to go see it and she's not able to.
d g if we could do something for her. miguel jarquin-moreland: my instinct was yes. announcer: we skyped with miguel from the "jersey boys" show on broadway. miguel: so, i went immediately. josephine: and i just met him last night. announcer: the very next day, in fact, miguel went to vista manor, surprised nancy. nancy: yay! ♪ announcer: and performed for an audience of just one. it just goes to show that even toward the end, life can still surprise. josephine: my eyes adore you. announcer: and thanks to the kindness of those around her, a one more wonderful one. was done making memories had josephine: you held that note, that was wonderful. galvin: the north bay wildfires one year ago left
a historic path of death and destruction. the home of one santa rosa teenager was among those destroyed, but as you'll see, her dreams and her determination to make them come true weren't touched. announcer: the word "strength" has more than one meaning. there's the muscle kind that athena shriver works on five days a week, the kind that has made her one of the best young female weight lifters in the country. but there's an emotional kind of strength as well. and while she had no training, nor warning for the test that was to come, athena proved she could handle that type of burden as well. athena shriver: this is just my third time back. before an important international competition, athena's family's home, like more than 1,000 others in santa rosa, burned to the ground. her life literally in ashes, athena was not about
to make excuses. male: your house burned down, how many workouts did you miss? athena: none. announcer: and when that competition did arrive, athena triumphed, taking second place, breaking american records, making her mom very proud. female: she just has a passion for it, and i admire her for that. i admire her drive. athena: i could direct my attention to things that i could control and things that i could focus on, and it showed me that i had the power in myself to control things. announcer: but even the strongest person can't carry a weight forever. and months later, when her car crashed into a guardrail on the way to the gym, well, that's when athena crashed as well. athena: i was like in bed for weeks, crying. it was really, like, cool to see though that my friends really came through for me. announcer: that support helped athena overcome once
more, and she recently capped off her junior career with a first place finish at nationals, proving to the weight lifting world she is here to stay, and to those still struggling to put their lives back together what real strength can look like. announcer: coming up on this "bay area proud" special, a young man who spent years translating for his father finds a new way to help him, even when he's not around. plus... eddie augustus: thank you so much for having all this available. announcer: why an east bay coach drove 50 miles just to meet two brothers in a san jose garage.
joseph: you know, it was usually in the morning, so i would have like some meal, like a little milk. announcer: every time joseph molina drives down the back roads of his hometown of soledad, he can't help but also go back in time, back when a much younger joseph would spend his weekends traveling monterey county with his dad. santiago, who works construction, speaks only spanish, so joseph would act as his interpreter. joseph: the whole reason for me really coming there was like, "what's he saying? what does he want done? and yand this is when we're how mgoing to get it done." announcer: joseph loved the time with his dad, but as he got older and school and sports took hold of more of his time, but it wasn't until graduating with a computer science degree from cal state monterey bay that it occurro well, maybe he could. joseph: i looked on my laptop and it just kind of clicked with me.
i said, "well, what am i doing? it's like, you know, i know how to code, i went to school for this. my dad doesn't even know exactly what i do. this is going to be a good chance for him to see what i can do. and you know, i'll be building an app for him." so, this is the start screen. announcer: and so he did, joseph spending hundreds of hours creating a spanish-english translation app. joseph: i am ready to work. announcer: tailored specifically for his dad's needs. joseph says his say what app is a streamlined, simple way for his dad and anyone like him to communicate. josephay he could have the opportunities he did. no one else in his family has ever gone to college. and now, to use what he's been given to give back, well, that's almost too good to be true. joseph: grow up, him teaching you how to, you know, bike, how to do all these things. and now, for once to be able to help your dad and teach him
something new that's an important skill, it's one of the most beautiful things in the world for me. absolutely, i love it. galvin: in silicon valley, we hear lots of stories of big ideas that begin in a garage and end in great success. but there's also a garage in san jose that two brothers have never left, but it is still doing great things. eddie: so, i think we're going to take the-- definitely take the mitts. announcer: in the roughly 50 miles that separate richmond's iron triangle from this san jose garage, there are a whole lot of places one can find baseball equipment. is well worth the journey. male: thank you so much. thank you so much for having all this available. announcer: at least it was for eddie augustus. eddie is athletic director for richmond college prep. he has made the drive to the home of jordan
and matthew leffler, because in early april, while his school was on spring break, thieves broke into his storage unit and stole everything they had. eddie: all our bats, our mitts, our balls gone, gone in one shot. jordan leffler: this is like a brand-new chest guard. announcer: eddie reached out for help to a friend who used to play professional baseball, and he told him about these brothers. within a few weeks of eddie hearing their names, he was filling his car with much-needed free gear. we, on the other hand, have known about jordanhea . six years ago we shared the story of two teenagers with a simple idea, collect used baseball gear from people who no longer needed it and give it to those who did. they called it baseball buddies. jordan: it's just amazing to see how such a small idea that we had to help the local community, like, became what we're doing now.
announcer: jordan and matthew regularly take in donations from around the bay area and the country, and send them around the world. matthew leffler: i think we've shipped probably like several tons worth of equipment. i mean, throughout this-- throughout the seven, eight years that we've been doing this. jordan: it's been a lot. matthew: yeah, it's been a lot. i mean-- announcer: a pick up order like this, though, is even more special for the brothers, knowing their work is helping someone in their backyard. and both can't wait to drive those 50 miles back to richmond to see their generosity take the field. announcer: coming up, discovering a hidden talent. it not only changed a young woman's life, but it gave her mother a gift she never thought she'd receive. and drawing with purpose, how a young artist with disabilities helped a grieving mother.
for any parent. but for a parent of a child with autism, it can mean so much more. which is why when a young burlingame woman discovered a passion for making jewelry, she ended up giving her mother a beautiful gift. swathi chettipally: mommy is very proud of siri. announcer: there are moments in life that may look simple, like a mother and daughter simply enjoying each other's company. swathi: good job. announcer: but swathi chettipally will tell you there is nothing simple about a moment if you've been waiting 22 years for it. swathi: feels very special, very, very special. announcer: it was 1995 when a doctor told swathi and her husband uli that their daughter siri had autism, back when all of us knew so much less about it. swathi: when i heard autism, i didn't know how to spell it. announcer: still, they found the best schools and therapies for siri, and she responded well to them but never really bonded with her mother. it was a crushing experience for swathi.
swathi: she would just leave the room whenever i would come. and i know that she doesn't like for me to be around. the other days, i remember she would say, "no mommy, only daddy," she would say. announcer: they can laugh now because a few years ago, it all changed. after siri's school days were over, but before they found a day and not doing well. set her up to make jewelry siri loved it, could and did spend hours a day doing it. swathi: you can take the bracelets and-- announcer: and for the first time ever loved having her mother around. male: when she's in that zone where she's working or where she's creating something, all her behaviors, you know, calm down.
i think that's her real self that is inside.. people insisted on paying for it. and a business, designs by siri, was born. she and now a dozen other adults and children with autism make and sell jewelry, hundreds of pieces a month. and the family has just launched the blue bracelet project, a fundraiser for autism related charities. siri's parents say their daughter is proof that the disabled are far more capable than we think, and the benefits that come from discovering it galvin: now to the remarkable story of another artist with disabilities and how she is heinlater daughter. announcer: if there's one thing we have learned from kayla jimenez over the years, it's that her art can be as powerful as it is beautiful. kayla jimenez: this is for you. announcer: back in 2016, when a local willow glen businessman took an interest in this young woman with disabilities' work
and asked if he could display it publicly, well, it had the power to change this shy, sheltered young woman's life. kayla: i wanted to cry. i was just so exciting thinking, "oh my gosh, my art-- someone besides my family wants my artwork." announcer: the experience not only brought kayla out into the greater world, it taught her what kindness could do. edith shank: she just had such a great contagious smile. announcer: which is wh edith crook shank's daughter amanda, who lived with cerebral palsy, died suddenly at the age of 22 last year, kayla turned to what she does best to help a grieving family. edith: and it was a watercolor, a portrait of amanda that kayla had drawn off of one of the pictures that was on the website for amanda. announcer: it was a touching gift, but once again kayla's art
packed more power than anyone expected. edith: as soon as i saw it, i just--it just clicked. i knew, i said, "kayla, i think i have a project for you." remember this, kayla? announcer: many years earlier, edith had written a children's book she regularly read to her kids, one of the main characters using a wheelchair just like amanda. edith had illustrated the book at the time with random clipart images, but now thought it and amanda deserved something more, and asked kayla to deliver it. kayla: i feel very honored.e , it just--it s announcer: the finished product, now two books promoting the capability of those with disabilities, has done good for both women, one proving once again she has more to deliver this world than she ever thought. and for the other, preserving in print forever the memory of a girl gone too soon.
kindness so great it forever changed another person's life? announcer: three years ago, like climbing mountains big.e. announcer: in 2015, eugene hiked the pacific crest trail from mexico to canada, raising money along the way for a paraplegic man he barely knew at the time, arthur renowitzky, all so arthur could buy a device that helped him walk for the first time in a decade. arthur renowitzky: oh my god. announcer: when all was said and done, though, eugene was faced with a question, how do you top such a big act of kindness? eugene: excuse me, man, have you eaten today?
announcer: with thousands of small ones is the answer e. eugene: would you care for a meal? the first act i did was so grand, but what i also learned is that something so simple and every day can be just as profound and touching to the soul of someone else. you're very welcome. announcer: it's why eugene was in oakland recently. eugene: oh, there's carrots and things in there. announcer: handing out homemade meals. eugene: can i give you a hug? announcer: and comforting hugs to people who could use one, or both. eugene: god bless you. announcer: it's part of a 50-state, 365-day act of kindness marathon eugene is undertaking. eugene: if they're in a fog of apathy and a fog of depression, kindness has that ability to shine a light and pull them out. it kind of ignites that spark that lies within each and every one of us. announcer: to help fund his mission of kindness, eugene started a clothing company, kin lov gra, that stands for kindness, love, and gratitude.
the money he makes from selling his custom designed t-shirts is what funds his good deed. eugene: we're going to give you two. announcer: it's as if kindness has become eugene's full-time job, one where the benefits are worth way more than the salary. eugene: so, to be able to sit with you today and realize, "oh my gosh, we're actually doing that. every day sp using my life and it's a pretty phenomenal job. galvin: thanks for joining us. see you next time.