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tv   NBC Bay Area News Special Bay Area Proud  NBC  July 14, 2018 6:30pm-7:00pm PDT

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announcer: they may have lost their homes, but these santa rosa neighbors are determined not to lose their bond. scott wise: we lived on that street for almost 30 years, and we've done a lot of life together. linden keiffer: man, that is such a wonderful field. why can't--what if we can use this? announcer: a hayward school security guard doesn't stick to the job description, and beautiful things begin to happen. linden keiffer: i'm just not here to secure your body. i wanna secure your mind. announcer: but first-- pati poblete: i wish none of it had to happen. announcer: a north bay mother turns grief into action and puts it on display for all to see. pati: i'm gonna transform this so't d in va. announcer: here's nbc bay area's garvin thomas. garvin thomas: thank you so much for joining us. among the most difficult and controversial issues facing our communities these days is gun violence. there is no denying though, too many lives are lost to it,
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and one mother has put her loss on display for all to see in the form of weapons transformed into something much, much different. garvin: in a downtown vallejo gallery, a new exhibit is about to open, one filled with works that make a statement, not just in style, but in substance, as in the very substances from which they are made: guns. pati poblete is the woman who has spent months organizing the art for peace exhibit, wishing every step of the way she were doing something else. pati poblete: i wish none of it had to happen because that would mean my son is still here. garvin: pati's son, robby poblete, was shot and killed in vallejo, four years ago. pati says like any parent facing such a traumatic loss, there were two ways she could go.
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pati: and i wouldn't blame anyone, choosing either way. you know, the first one is you're angry. you want revenge. you're depressed. it's very difficult to get out of bed, you know, because you know your child is never coming back, and so you can really fall into a dark place. the other way is i'm going to transform this. i'm going to transform this so that they didn't die in vain. garvin: pati chose the second path, writing a book about her experience, starting a foundation in her son's name, and knowing it was a stolen gun that ended his life-- male: these guys are gonna give you a receipt. garvin: sponsoring the first of which she hopes are many gun buybacks--the weapons collected, not just taken out of circulation, but made available to artists. pati: what ended up happening is we got submissions from around the world. i don't even know how they found out about it. kaytea petro: these parts are part of the handle of the gun. garvin: san francisco sculptor kaytea petro was one of those chosen. kaytea: and i really wanted to do something that created a
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space and created a space for reflection and didn't really hammer home one thing or another. garvin: indeed, guns are one of the most controversial issues in america today, and most positions seem to only be staked at full volume. creating works that make a quieter, yet no less powerful, statement is what pati hopes this exhibit will do and perhaps in some way lead to fewer lives ending like her son's did, in violence. garvin: from art with a purpose to a garden with one. the eden area rop is a place that offers technical education courses to east bay high school students. they had many passionate educators there, but not all are teachers. linden keiffer: that's castro valley. garvin: after decades spent bouncing around a variety of careers, from international trade to park ranger, linden keiffer says he took the security job at eden rop in
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hayward because he liked the schedule and the benefits. linden: man, you deserve student of the year. garvin: but the greatest benefit, it turns out, was nowhere in the job description. linden: i just hunted out and worked hard to find out, really, what i loved to do and found a way to make that work. linden: this is the oldest part of campus. garvin: it all started, linden says, not long after he started patrolling the campus and spotted an empty plot of land out back. linden: i see a field. i'm thinkin', "man, that is such a wonderful field. why can't--what if we can use this?" garvin: so linden got permission on his breaks and on weekends to start a garden-- linden: and we tickle the roots. garvin: something he always loved doing. linden: i think we'll do lemon this time. garvin: but linden now admits there was an ulterior motive along, not just satisfy his desire to help plants grow, but to do the same for the young people around him. linden: i'm just not here to secure your body. i wanna secure your mind. garvin: linden's garden, now huge,
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may be on the edge of campus, but it has become the heart of this place. students from practically every class taught here--culinary, construction, welding. even students with disabilities have found jobs for themselves in linden's garden-- linden: and did he let you guys know if you guys were gonna do this manually, or is he gonna bring a truck? garvin: and under his tutelage, learning not just work skills but life ones as well. linden: just pull it along. garvin: and after all this time, linden still gets no extra money for this work, and it has never become part of his job description, at least not on paper. linden: maybe that is my job description, you know, to be here to help these students in any way that i can help them. garvin: firefighting is a physically demanding and often stressful profession, but one south bay woman thinks her life experience has left her in the perfect position to help firefighters deal with those challenges.
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garvin: as a place to find inner peace, station number 1 of the santa cruz fire department might not be many people's first choice. shannon mcquaide: so let's begin with a breathing practice then. garvin: as a place for shannon mcquaide to realize her life's mission though, it couldn't be any better. shannon: it's what i love to do. it's what i was called to do. it's what, you know, many of the experiences in my life led me to do. garvin: shannon, you see, grew up in a fire family. her dad, a san jose firefighter, was on the job for more than 30 years. shannon: very comfortable to be inside the fire station, very comfortable to be with firefighters. it's like they're my brothers and sisters. garvin: but after college, something much different, meditation and yoga, got shannon's attention, much to the dismay of some parts of her family. shannon: you know, "why is she not plugging in to society, getting a job?" shannon: one thumb is turning down. garvin: but years later, in 2014, when shannon needed a capstone project for a master's degree in
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leadership, she saw a need she was perfect to fill. shannon: there's no yoga in the fire stations. garvin: she devised a program and led a few classes in san jose. the results surprised even her. shannon: their functional fitness was moving up. their perception of stress was going down, but it was the feedback that they were giving me throughout these first 12 classes that actually changed the course of my life. male: they're gettin' a chance in their 48- to 72-hour shift to kind of turn their brain off for a minute, to slow things down, focus on their inner self, and just let that stress go. garvin: shannon says her knowledge of their world helps her create an environment the firefighters feel comfortable in, like one where it's okay to leave at a moment's notice. shannon: does anyone have to leave? no? okay. heel plank pose. garvin: shannon's fireflex yoga has been so successful, she now has ten instructors working with her in seven
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cities, with more to come. announcer: coming up on this "bay area proud" special, one gilroy family's loss turns into hope, how a six-year-old became the center of a potential medical breakthrough. announcer: plus-- jasmine chahal: i think i just really wanted to give back to my own community. announcer: helping families with premature babies, what this teenager is making that they can't buy for themselves.
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breakthrough in the fight against a rare but fatal form of childhood cancer. it is the past four years.n a story we have been following for garvin: we first met six-year-old jennifer lynn kranz dipg, an untreatable and incurable brain tumor, was about to take her from her mother and father, libby and tony kranz.
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garvin: but thanks to difficult decisions they made in those days and since, we can now report that, while jennifer lost her battle with dipg, she is still not done fighting libby kranz: so proud because i know this is what she would want. i know she would want to help other kids. garvin: that first decision was to arrange donation of jennifer's tumor to dr. michelle monje-- dr. michelle monje: there are a lot of tumor cells in there. garvin: a pediatric neuro-oncologist and researcher at stanford university school of medicine. michelle: but like this. garvin: it is why, just hours after jennifer's death, we were in dr. monje's lab, witnessing the first steps in an ultimately successful attempt to create stem cell lines from jennifer's tumor, adding a glimmer of hope in the treatment of a disease that hadn't seen a meaningful advance in the past 50 years. michelle: jennifer's donation gave us a tool that we didn't have.
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garvin: but to useifer's tony come back into the picture. libby: and then i just talk about, like, why "unravel." garvin: after jennifer's death, they started a foundation, unravel, funding pediatric cancer research, but not in a traditional way, giving directly to researchers and speeding up what otherwise could be a year's long process. libby: traditional funding funds proven science. proven science for kids with dipg means certain death, so that doesn't make sense. let's fund some new ideas, some innovative ideas. garvin: and so when christopher mount, a graduate student in dr. monje's lab, devised an experiment using targeted immunotherapy against dipg implanted in mice, an experiment using cells derived from jennifer's very own tumor, her mom and dad were, once again, involved.michlt idea for an expensive of experiments to really test this, and then libby showed up and
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said, you know, "here's a check. why don't you do something good with it?" garvin: so they did, and the results were striking. looking for a signal that cancer cells remained after treatment, chris couldn't find one. christopher mount: no signal. that was the moment, and it was, you know, a moment where you just sort of--you don't believe it, really. michelle: the tumors were largely eradicated, and i haven't seen anything work that well for this tumor. libby: "daddy, daddy." garvin: for libby, the news is understandably bittersweet. it comes four years too late for her jennifer but, one day soon, might come just in time for someone else's child. garvin: when the south bay teenager you are about to meet people, premature babies, she knew just where to go, who took care of her.l and the very people
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garvin: like all of us, there are parts of jasmine chahal's life story she has had to stitch together from other people's accounts. no one, you see, remembers the details of when they were born. details in jasmine's case that even 15 years later sound a bit scary. jasmine chahal: i was born at 26 weeks, meaning, i was, like, really small. i was like a micro preemie. garvin: the first weeks of jasmine's life were spent in the neonatal intensive care unit at el camino hospital in mountain view, cared for by nurses and doctors, watched over by nervous parents. female: hardest moments of our life, right? male: it's quite amazing to see where she is today. garvin: even more amazing because of where, in particular, jasmine has been for the past few months in the family's san jose home, sewing, ironing, and cutting 200 of these. jasmine: you would put the baby right on top.
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garvin: iv dresses for premature babies on whom regular clothing isn't a good fit for more than one reason. jasmine: because the babies have a lot of wires on them, so this is, like, more free for them, and it's easier for the nurses to take care of them. garvin: jasmine says she wanted to do something like this for a long time but figured waiting until her gold award project for girl scouts would be perfect timing. she used money she had gotten from birthdays and christmases to pay for the supplies and has spent hundreds of hours working on the dresses, since. female: oh, look at you with your little bag. that is so cute. garvin: now delivering to some of the very sameverys, people who cared for her. the first few months of my life. garvin: jasmine has yet to see a premature infant wearing one of her donations but already knows, when she does, what an emotional moment that will be.
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announcer: coming up, after the north bay wildfires, a story of heartbreak and love. glyn evans: she reminds me of my wife. announcer: a rancher who lost his wife in the fires finds comfort in an unlikely friend. his story next in our "bay area proud" special.
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devastating wildfires in the north bay. more than 40 people lost their lives, and if you've driven on 101 in sonoma county, perhaps you've noticed an eye-catching tribute to one of them. behind that billboard, a love story, or should we say more than one? glyn: come on, girl, come on. garvin: from the tip of his hat to the soles of his boots, glyn evans is a cowboy. glyn: come on, angel. garvin: has been for every one of his 88 years. glyn: 'cause i'm a cowboy from the old school of ranches,
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and the cattle are just cattle to me. glyn: come on over here and get some of this, yeah. garvin: this, though, is the story of how an old school cowboy finally found it in his heart to love a cow. glyn: that cow means as much to me as--she means as much to me as my life does. garvin: the story begins, like so many do in sonoma county these days, on the night of october 8, when it seemed like the earth, the sky, and every single thing in between, was on fire. glyn: the barn, the house--there's houses across the street--this house behind me. garvin: glyn and valerie, his wife of 45 years, rushed to save their animals. glyn went to get a tractor to pull their trailer. he told valerie he'd be right back, but when he returned, she was gone. glyn: and where the flowers were planted is where my son and i found my wife's remains the next mornin' and--
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dog, and neither came out. glyn: i just--like a nightmare that i can't wake up from. garvin: there were precious few things that survived that fire, though one thing much more precious than the rest-- glyn: what's up with you? garvin: and quite a bit bigger-- glyn: that a girl. garvin: valerie's favorite animal, her pet, a 16-year-old 1,600-pound texas longhorn cow, named angel. glyn: what's up, old girl? garvin: glyn thought she was a goner the night of the fire, but she survived, and glyn can barely stand to leave her side in her temporary home of penngrove. glyn: she means everything to me right now. it brings my wife back to me in a nice way. garvin: perhaps the only thing that surprised glyn more than how attached he's becom a
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is learning how many others already were. you see, standing in her pasture, alongside 101, for the past decade and a half, angel became something of a landmark to the thousands of commuters who passed her each and every day. when angel disappeared, most feared the worst, but when word hit facebook she was alive and just displaced, well, the tributes poured in. it's just another reason that glyn has one mission in life right now: fix up the property enough so that angel can take her proper place once again, and at least one thing will be like it used to be. glyn: in a lf she's stout and brave. she reminds me of my wife, who was kind and gentle. you know, it's just--she just means everything to me right now.
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so long. be thinkin' about you. announcer: coming up, the unique way one tight-knit neighborhood, torn apart by those north bay wildfires, is trying to maintain their bond as a community. we'll take you to this celebration next. ♪ ♪ strummed guitar you can't experience the canadian rockies through a screen.
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loss of life in the north bay fires. our next story, though, is about not losing a sense of community. one group of neighbors knows thatof fun in the process.rk, t scott wise: the fire jumped the freeway-- garvin: of all the things scott wise lost the night of the north bay fires-- scott: and then it came this way and then went that way. garvin: his sense of humor was not one. you see, these days, scott likes to lovingly refer to hennessy place, his coffey park street, as "the flats,"
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because it is, he says. but the night of the fire, there was something else scott was afraid he was going to lose: his sense of community, one he and a tight group of neighbors had built over decades. as scott took one last look before leaving, he feared their connection, just like everything else on this street, might be turning to ash. scott: yeah. garvin: but if that was going to happen, scott decided it wouldn't go down without a fight-- scott: we lived in that street for almost 30 years, and we've done a lot of life together. garvin: which is why, when it came time to celebrate his wife, april's birthday, this week, scott didn't reserve a table or a room at a restaurant. instead, he set up for a party right in the middle of their old cul-de-sac and invited all the old neighbors to return.
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scott: we have a sense of community that, i hate to say it, but a lot of people don't, and we work hard at it. it's a little more work now, yeah, so we'll be back. ♪ happy birthday to you. garvin: april's birthday is not the first time they've gotten together either. the gang got together on new year's day and easter too. they sit in beach chairs around folding tables, sharing news of when more permanent structures might be finished and how their lives are changing in the meantime. garvin: as scott says, if there's one thing this whole ordeal has taught him, it's not to hold onto things too tightly, but the people you love, well, never let them go. garvin: if you've liked some of what you've seen over the past half hour and would like to see more "bay area proud" stories, you can find them all at just click on the "news" tab to find the "bay area proud"
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section, and if you know a story of people being good to each other, please let me know about it. you can find me on facebook, twitter, or instagram. just search for garvin thomas, nbc bay area. thank you so much for joining us tonight. good night. ♪ cc by aberdeen captioning 1-800-688-6621
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