Judy Rae

Beach people – ‘SB Community Factor’

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Weeks after Los Angeles County Firefighter and former NFL player Eric Stevens married his college sweetheart Amanda, the 30-year-old Palos Verdes Peninsula High graduate was diagnosed with ALS. While at Peninsula, he earned All Bay League honors in football and wrestling. After playing for Cal, he was signed by the Rams in 2013. Last month, at Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach, over 3,500 supporters helped raise over $250,000 for Stevens. Since then, the Stevens Nation GoFundMe account has reached over $700,000. “We expected 1,000 people at Seaside Lagoon and hoped to raise $50,000,” said Chris Bredesen, who helped organize the fundraiser. He attributed the outpouring of support to what he dubbed “The South Bay Community Factor.” For more information about Stevens Nation, visit: stevensnation.com.

Photos by JP Cordero

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