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

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 purchase!

2021 Beanie for Brain Cancer Ambassadors - the Crawley Family

Take a a few minutes to meet the Crawley family - you’ll be glad you did.

Beanie up at the NRL!

Thanks to the wonderful support of the National Rugby League we are pleased to announce the NRL Beanie Round will...

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.


Hosted by MHF

NRL Beanie for Brain Cancer Round 15 confirmed!

Entertainment Digital Membership 2021/2022

Hosted by MHF

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

The Big Three: 150km Trek

MHF Supporter Event

The Big Three Trek is a walk from NRL headquarters in Sydney to McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle

Arnfest Bowls for Brain Cancer

MHF Supporter Event

Bowls for Brain Cancer In memory of Michael Palmer

Sportsmans Lunch at The Burwood Inn

MHF Supporter Event

Join Mark Hughes & special guests as they look back and celebrate 20 years since the Knights won the 2001...



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