The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) is a charity formed in Newcastle by Mark and Kirralee Hughes following Mark’s diagnosis with Brain Cancer in 2013. 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 we've raised over $20 million to tackle brain cancer

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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

Latest News

Record Breaking $4.1 million raised!

Australians have hit back at Brain Cancer with a record-breaking $4.1 million raised across NRL Beanie for Brain Cancer Round this week for the Mark Hughes Foundation.

Introducing "Live for Liv"

Take a minute and discover how the dream of an amazing 21 year old has been kept alive by her...

2021 Beanies On Sale Now!

We’re proud to announce that our annual Beanie for Brain Cancer Campaign kicks off today with beanies now available to...

Upcoming Events

Ritchies Community Benefits

MHF Supporter Event

We would really appreciate all supporters who shop at Richies to please renominate MHF as your charity of choice.

Return and Earn

Hosted by MHF

You can help raise funds by donating your Return and Earn refund directly to the MHF.

Save The Date - NRL Beanie For Brain Cancer Round 16

Hosted by MHF

The NRL Beanie round is Back!
Get ready to support your team and the MHF for the beanie round June 30...

Top End Adventure Sponsorship

Hosted by MHF

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2022 Top End Adventure.


MHF Supporter Event

Racing in memory of Mike Cramsie and raising funds for the Mark Hughes Foundation

Entertainment Digital Membership 2021/2022

Hosted by MHF

Order your 2021/2022 Entertainment Membership and in doing so support the MHF.



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