The Beach family

HOPE…It’s a Beach Thing
September 28, 2024

Join us and help support critical brain tumor research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute!


HOPE…It’s a Beach Thing is a 5K Walk/Run held in memory of Tim Beach, who passed away from a glioblastoma multiform 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 eleven years, the event has raised $661,000 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.

$60,000 RAISED IN 2023 and $661,000 RAISED IN 12 YEARS!

The 2023 HOPE virtual event was a massive success, raising over $60,000 that went directly to Dr. Reardon and his clinical research team at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Thank you for your incredibly generous support!

This research is critical for improving brain tumor patient outcomes, giving hope to cancer patients and their families. You all made this such a success despite the circumstances, and we are deeply grateful.

2024 looks to be an even more fun year for HOPE...It's a Beach Thing, back in person on the University of Dayton campus.

We will keep you updated on the 2024 event details by updating this Dana-Farber website, via our website (where you can sign up for email notifications), and our Facebook Group.


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


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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

When does registration close?

Online registration ends at noon on Thursday, September 26, 2024. In-person registration opens at 9 a.m. on September 16 at the event. (We accept cash, credit card, or check.)

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

Where can I buy a Hope…It’s a Beach Thing T-shirt?

If you live in the Dayton, OH area, email to coordinate purchase and pickup.

When does fundraising close?

We’ll accept donations year-round, but your donation must be in by October 31, 2024 to be counted for the 2024 event.

For all the other event day information, see

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: Raquel Morales
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 do I set up a Facebook Fundraiser?

Be sure to register for the event before creating a Facebook Fundraiser. You must create your Facebook Fundraiser through your Participant Center for the funds to flow directly to your fundraising page.

I have another question.

Contact us at:

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?

If you need to register, please arrive by 9:00 a.m.

What is provided during the event?

Coffee, water, fruit, bagels, and plenty of HOPE and fun!

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

Of course—the more the merrier!

Where is the after-party?

Eudora Brewing, 3022 Wilmington Pike, Dayton, OH 45429

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: Raquel Morales
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 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 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 We can also be reached by phone at 800-525-4669 or 617-632-2903.

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