REDONDO BEACH—The Daily Breeze, a local newspaper, reported that Mayor Bill Brand received an outpouring of well wishes when he returned to the first city council meeting. Brand had announced earlier that he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. While on a plane to Mexico on June 7, Brand had a seizure, which tests revealed the cancer had spread to his brain and back.
According to the article, Brand, who is 61, overcame cancer twice in his 30s. Many were shocked by his diagnosis as he is considered healthy and physically active. Brand, who is known for standing up for his beliefs, has stated he is going to continue his life as normal and is “focused on getting better, going through my treatments and caring for my wife.”