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How do I register?

Click here to register as a participant or as part of a team.

How much is the registration fee?

The registration fee is $25.00 per participant and increases to $30.00 on October 3 and at the event. Online registration closes at noon on Thursday, October 10.

When does registration close?

Online registration closes on Thursday, October 10 at noon. You can still register at the race, but the registration fee will increase.

Once I have registered, can I change any of my registration information?

After you register, you can change your personal or contact information by logging into your Participant Center and clicking on the “Edit Profile” tab.

I forgot my username and/or password. What do I do?

Please click on the "forgot username and/or password" link on the “Login” page. You will then be asked questions to determine your identity and help you reset your information. If you continue to encounter issues, please email EllenD_Smith@dfci.harvard.edu.

When does fundraising close?

Fundraising closes on November 30, 2019.

Can I turn in checks and cash?

Please make checks payable to "Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.” Please do not send cash gifts—any cash collected should be converted to a money order or cashier's check payable to "Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.” Complete the Gift Deposit Form, listing that it is for your personal page name, and attach it to any gifts so that we can add it to your fundraising total and acknowledge your donors. Please send checks/money orders to the following address:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Attn: Ellen Smith
10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor
Brookline, MA 02445

How do I customize my personal fundraising page?

To customize your personal fundraising page, log in to your Participant Center and click on the “Edit Page” tab.

Where can I find a list of my donors?

To access a list of your current year donors and to see the dollar amount of their gifts, log into your Participant Center and scroll to the “My Donors” section. Click the “Download” button to access additional information about your donors.

Where does the money go?

100% of the money you raise supports the lifesaving mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in support of Dr. Reardon’s brain cancer research.

How much is the registration fee?

The registration fee is $25.00 per participant and increases to $30.00 on October 3 and at the event. Online registration closes at noon on Thursday, October 12.

Can my company become a sponsor of Hope…It’s a Beach Thing?

Yes! If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor and would like to learn more about sponsorship packages, please contact Karen Beach at bogeybeach@gmail.com or 937-609-7858.

I have another question.

Contact us at: hopeitsabeachthing@gmail.com.

Where does the event take place?

The University of Dayton Humanities Plaza at the University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, Ohio, 45469. The event will start in front of the Rec Plex.

What time should I arrive on the day of the event?

Check-in starts at 9:00 a.m. The event start time is 10:00 a.m.

Where can I park?

Parking is available on the University of Dayton campus in Parking Lot C, by the Kettering Laboratory.

What is provided during the event?

Participants will receive an event t-shirt and complimentary food and beverages will be available following the race. There will also be a drink station on the course.

Can I bring my dog or baby stroller on the course?

Definitely! You’ll see plenty of strollers and pups joining in the 5K.

Where is the after-party?

Meet us at Warped Wing Brewing immediately following the race. We'll stay until 3:00 p.m. to enjoy local Dayton beer and the company of brain tumor research supporters. Kids are welcome, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

How can donors give to my fundraising page?

Send donors to your personalized page, where they can read your story and make a gift via credit card to support your fundraising. If a donor prefers to pay by check, they can make it payable to "Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.” Collected contributions can be mailed to you, the fundraising page manager. Do not deposit checks into a personal or company account; they should be mailed to:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Attn: Ellen Smith
10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor
Brookline, MA 02445

NOTE: Remember to include the name of the participant or team you would like to support in the check’s memo line.

Will I receive a tax receipt for my gift?

All gifts made online will receive an email confirmation which will include tax information. For any tax receipt-related questions, email our Donor Services team at askCS@dfci.harvard.edu or call 617-632-2903.

I just made a gift online but did not receive my email confirmation. Can this be re-sent to me?

Yes. Please email our Donor Services team at askCS@dfci.harvard.edu or call 617-632-2903 to request an acknowledgement.

I received a cash gift from a donor who would like a tax credit. What do I do?

Please convert each cash gift into a separate money order and send it in to your Jimmy Fund liaison with the donor’s name and address. This will ensure that the donor is credited and receives a tax letter.

I just made a gift. What will appear on my bank statement?

Your online transaction will appear on your credit card statement as: DANAFARBERJIMMYFND. If the transaction is pending, you may see PENDINGBB appear, which is normal. Should you have any questions regarding what appears on your statement, please email our Donor Services team at askCS@dfci.harvard.edu. We can also be reached by phone at 800-525-4669 or 617-632-2903.