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.


A message from Mark

As the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to evolve daily and effect all of our lives, we thought we would let you know how things are going here at the Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF).

Goal to solve brain cancer riddles gets a $1.6m innovation boost

The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) has added to the extensive list of world-class brain cancer research projects that it’s currently...

Brain Cancer in regional and rural NSW

Matt, Nerida and Barbara all live in rural areas of NSW where brain cancer care services are very limited… these...

Upcoming Events

Save the Date - Beanies on Sale!

Hosted by MHF

Our brand new 2020 beanie designs will be on sale 1st June!

2020 NRL Beanie Round

Hosted by MHF

Dates, venues and ticketing information for the 2020 NRL Beanie Round July 23 - July 26.

Save the Date - Beanie Week 2020

Hosted by MHF

Register your Fundraiser now for Beanie week July 27 - 31.



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