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

Mark Hughes announced as nominee for the 2019 Australian of the Year

A brain cancer awareness advocate, a retired teacher and athletes who prove disability and age are no barrier to success are among nominees for the 2019 NSW Australian of the Year Awards

2018 Magic Ball Patient Stories Video

This powerful and beautiful video played at the 2018 MHF Magic Ball, it acknowledges people who are fighting brain cancer...

Borneo Coast to Coast Trek

Mark, Paul and their intrepid trekkers are tackling the mountains, rivers and jungles of Borneo in October to help tackle...

Upcoming Events

Clubs Challenge Trot Night

MHF Supporter Event

The Newcastle Harness Racing Club is hosting a fundraiser for the Mark Hughes Foundation on Friday 16th November.

Legends of League

MHF Supporter Event

Legends of League is back!

Following the success of last years inaugural tournament, Legends of League (LOL) is bringing back big...

MHF 2018 Legends Trackside Marquee

Hosted by MHF

Join the MHF team and special guests for a day at the races in our Legends Trackside Marquee, Sunday 2...



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