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 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.


Media Release: Beanie for Brain Cancer Round 2019

The Mark Hughes Foundation will invite the rugby league community to join them on the quest to fight Brain Cancer this week when Beanie for Brain Cancer Round launches during Round 19 of the NRL season.

The strongest man in the world

Take a moment to read Maddy Callanders very personal story about her dad Matt - ‘the strongest man in the...

2019 NRL Beanie Round

Dates, venues and ticketing information for the 2019 NRL Beanie Round July 25 - July 28.

Upcoming Events

2019 NRL Beanie Round

MHF Supporter Event

Dates, venues and ticketing information for the 2019 NRL Beanie Round July 25 - July 28.

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...

The Silver Ball 2019 - Innisfail Shire Hall

MHF Supporter Event

This year The Silver Ball is going Art Deco and will be joining the Cassowary Coast's Tropical Art Deco...

Bowling for Bruno - Charity Bowls Day

MHF Supporter Event

Tweed Heads Bowls Clubs presents the inaugural ‘Bowling for Bruno - Charity Bowls Day’, raising funds and awareness for the...

2019 MHF Magic Ball - SOLD OUT!

Hosted by MHF

Thanks for your fabulous support. Once again our 2019 MHF Magic Ball tickets have SOLD OUT!

Around Australia for Brain Cancer Research – In memory of Jennifer Handley.

MHF Supporter Event

Ian Handley lost his wife to breast then brain cancer in early 2018. In her memory and to raise funds...



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