PEACE — Steve Bradley signals from his hospital bed. He's endured several unsuccessful rounds of radiation and chemotherapy; now friends are helping raise funds for an alternative treatment in Clearwater.

The DeLand community is coming together to support resident Steve Bradley, a frequent community volunteer, in his battle with cancer.

“Stevepalooza” will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Cafe DaVinci, 112 W. Georgia Ave. in Downtown DeLand.

The event will feature live music donated by several bands, barbecue, raffles, a 50/50 drawing, an auction and more — all with the goal of helping Bradley enroll in a nontraditional 10-week cancer treatment that is not covered by his insurance.

Bradley is seeking the treatment, his girlfriend Lisa Monti said, after several unsuccessful rounds of radiation and chemotherapy.

“He is an incredibly kind and wonderful human who would go out of his way to help anyone,” Monti said of Bradley, adding “We are both so grateful to our loving community that have chosen to come together and help raise additional funds for his fight. His strength has been unbelievably admirable.”

All are welcome. Donations are also welcome to Bradley’s GoFundMe account. Search for “Stevie B Strong by Michael Nadeau” at

Stevepalooza is being organized by Bradley’s friends, led by Courtney Ford, Samara McLaughlin, Sarah Campbell and Paul Jones.

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Barb and her husband, Jeff, were both born in Kokomo, Indiana, a factory town surrounded by cornfields about 50 miles north of Indianapolis. In 1979, they set out on a road trip that would define their lives, and would end with their taking up residence in DeLand. After working at the DeLand Sun News and the Orlando Sentinel 1979-92, Barb helped found The Beacon, and was appointed publisher and CEO in 2013. Since late 2004, Barb has also managed Conrad Realty Co.’s historic property in Downtown DeLand, where The Beacon is an anchor tenant.


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