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Walk with us virtually November 21, 2020 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.


HOPE…It’s a Beach Thing is a 5K Walk/Run that is usually held at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio but this year we are going virtual. HOPE…It’s a Beach Thing is 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 eight years, the event has raised $437,000 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.


Brain cancer doesn't cease to exist because of a pandemic. There are so many diagnosed daily, and living each day hoping and waiting for a cure.

The coronavirus pandemic has stopped so many thing in our lives, but it will not stop us!

Let's come together to help so many people affected by brain tumors and brain cancer! Join us in freeing our minds and taking a break from the current state of affairs.

You choose this year: take that 5k walk, run, hike, or bike, whatever you enjoy. Competition and fun don't have to end because of a pandemic and you can still socially distance and have a beer or a glass of wine after you're done!


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


In the Dayton, Ohio area and want to purchase a T-shirt for this year’s event? Email to coordinate purchase and pickup.

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