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.