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 the 2017 Beanie for Brain Cancer campaign raised $2.3M

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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.

Buy a Beanie!

Check out our new beanie designs - very cool, but warm at the same time. Our beanies will make a great Mothers Day gift Idea - Mum will love it and you’ll be helping us tackle brain cancer. Really, it’s a no brainer!

MHF Online Auction

Here's your chance to bid on some money-can't-buy experiences and prices items and help us tackle brain cancer. Bid right up until 9pm on the 24th May!

Giant Beanie for Brain Cancer at McDonald Jones Stadium

Thousands of sports fans are being encouraged to ‘get their beanies on’ this week at Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium as...

2018 Beanie for Brain Cancer - Registrations Open!

Register your Beanie for Brain Cancer day and help us tackle brain cancer!

News + Research

Raise the bar this week in Beanie for Brain Cancer Round

Beanie for Brain Cancer Round is back for 2018 in Round 12 of the NRL from May 24 to 27, aiming to raise the bar against a disease that still has no cure and no survivors.

Minister Hunt welcomes the Mark Hughes Foundation

Watch this video message, as Australian Minister for Health, The Hon. Greg Hunt, MP, welcomes the Mark Hughes Foundation to...

Charlie's Gift

After hearing MHF runs with only a small team and lots of volunteers to ensure a high percentage of funds...



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