The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) is a charity formed in Newcastle by Mark and Kirralee Hughes following Mark’s diagnosis with Brain Cancer in 2014. The Mark Hughes Foundation’s mission is to raise much needed funds for research, to create awareness and support brain cancer patients and their families.


Brain cancer receives less than 5% of all federal gov. cancer research funding!


Approx 1200 Australians die of brain cancer each year


Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease


Thanks to you since 2014 Beanie for Brain Cancer campaign has raised >$10M

< 40

Brain cancer kills more Australians under 40 than any other cancer


Brain cancer survival rates have increased just 1% over the past 30 years


Only 2 in 10 people diagnosed with brain cancer will survive at least 5 years

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1600/year, or about one person every five hours is diagnosed with brain cancer

1Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2017. Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality (ACIM) books. Canberra: AIHW. Five year averaged mortality all ages (2010-2014). 2NHMRC Funded Research Into Cancer And Other Malignant Neoplasms 2000 – 2014 (published and accessed 2015). NHMRC Sources: Extracted from NHMRC research databases RGMS/RMIS/GMS as at Mar 14. 3Cure brain cancer research of 1,010 nationally representative australian aduts aged 17+ July 2014.

News + Research

Nationwide call for innovative brain cancer research

Bold ideas and creative collaboration are required in the quest to solve the riddle of brain cancer. Leading the call, The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) is releasing an inaugural national grant round calling for innovation in brain cancer research.

Mission’s fight against Brain Cancer strengthens

The Liberal National Government is providing $5 million from the Australian Brain Cancer Mission to two leading oncology groups to...

Borneo Trek

Im fresh back from yet another awesome adventure to Borneo where 37 people that wanted to make a difference joined...

Upcoming Events

TRL 2019 Charity Tournament

MHF Supporter Event

On Australia Day 2019 (Saturday 26 January 2019), TRL Newcastle is hosting its inaugural Charity Tournament, it will be held...

A wave of charity from Evolution

MHF Supporter Event

On Wednesday last week we officially launched the 2019 Evolution Charity Cup to be held at Dixon Park Beach on...

Save the Date - NRL Beanie Round

MHF Supporter Event

Keep an eye on this website and social media to get the scoop on all the latest news for the...

Save the Date - Beanie Week

Hosted by MHF

Keep an eye on this website and social media to get the scoop on all the latest news for the...



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