Feb 24, 2015
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Jerry Brody might not be a doctor or nurse, but he still performs miracles for patients at Children’s Hospital Oakland, according to NBC Bay Area.

NBC featured Brody, a retired Chevron engineer, in a recent story about how Brody has volunteered his time twice a week for 15 years to tutor patients in math – a service that’s changed lives for many young people.

One such patient, Jaime Esquival, is a 22-year-old math major at the University of Nevada Reno, who credits Brody with influencing his course of study and the direction of his life.

Esquival spent hours with Brody as a young boy while he was battling an aggressive form of cancer. Thanks to Brody, Esquival excelled at math, despite missing all of second grade and some of sixth.

“Anybody who dedicates himself to help people like that,” Esquival told NBC, “can have a significant mark on their life. And that’s just what happened to me.”

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.