The Beach family

Walk with us October 12, 2019 to help conquer brain cancer

Take strides in the fight against cancer. Sign up for the Hope…It’s a Beach Thing 5K Walk/Run, supporting brain tumor research at Dana‑Farber Cancer Institute.

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HOPE…It’s a Beach Thing is a 5K Walk/Run held at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, in memory of Tim Beach, who passed away from a glioblastoma multi-form brain tumor in 2012, at age 53. After his initial surgery, Tim was given three to six months to live, possibly a year with treatment. Through clinical trials and with the help of knowledgeable physicians, Tim outlived his prognosis, surviving 21 months. Most of these months, he lived with a high quality of life, enjoying major life events like his daughter’s engagement, son’s wedding, and when his future son-in-law asked for Tim’s blessing on a marriage proposal.

HOPE…It’s a Beach Thing was inspired by Tim’s passion for running and his love of the University of Dayton. Over the past seven years, the event has raised over $370,000 in net profit for brain tumor research, led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Dr. David Reardon. Tim’s family and friends HOPE that through brain tumor research, we will find a cure.


Date: October 12, 2019
Check-in: 9:00 a.m.
Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: University of Dayton Humanities Plaza


It’s easy and fun to raise funds with HOPE…It’s a Beach Thing for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s lifesaving mission! Log into your Participant Center to update your fundraising page, customize your personal URL, email donors, and more.

Tim Beach


We need volunteers to help set up, pass out snacks and drinks, and to make sure everything runs smoothly on event day. Please email to register to volunteer.

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