Hundreds of runners from around Ohio laced up their sneakers and gathered on campus in October to take part in the sixth annual Hope It’s a Beach Thing 5K race to help raise awareness and funds for brain cancer research.
The event is held in memory of Tim Beach ’81, who had just turned 53 when he passed away from a Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor in April 2012. After his initial surgery, he was expected only three to six months to live, possibly six to nine months if he underwent chemotherapy and radiation.
But, with the help of clinical trials, Tim battled the cancer for 21 months, all the while spreading a message of hope.
After his passing, his family made it their mission to help the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which conducts brain tumor research. The 5K run is the family’s annual fundraiser to raise money for the institute.
Since it started, the 5K run has raised $310,000 for the institute and this year, the event raised a record-breaking $60,000.
Annually, the event attracts families and friends from across Ohio who have been impacted by the disease. This year there were approximately 400 runners and walkers – the highest turnout yet.
Tim’s daughter, Renee Sample ’11, helped organize the event with her family and was overwhelmed by the support of the community.
“It’s been so great to see the event become an outlet for other families that have been affected by brain tumors in the Dayton area,” she said. “It’s powerful to see families that would otherwise not be connected come together for a day of fundraising and hope and to support each other on the journey.”