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.
Approx 1200 Australians die of brain cancer each year
Brain cancer receives less than 5% of all federal gov. cancer research funding!
Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease
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
1600/year, or about one person every five hours is diagnosed with brain cancer
New Trek in 2024! Two Peaks: Scenic Rim
Join MHF September 27th as we conquer Two Peaks of Queensland’s Scenic Rim, uniting for brain cancer research and raising hope step by step. Together, we climb for a cure.
Archie Gray Brain Cancer Awareness Celebrity Charity Cricket Match raises over $85,000!
Wednesday November 15th Western Suburbs and Manly came together to create a spectacular T20 cricketing event in Archie’s honour.
Trek Larapinta with us in 2024
August 20 - 25 join MHF as we summit Mount Sonder, one of the Larapinta's most iconic peaks, whilst raising vital funds towards a cure for brain cancer.
This year we are hoping to raise $20,000 to assist in the funding of a Research Assistant at The MHF Centre for Brain Cancer Research.
2024 NRL Beanie Round Announced
Round 15 of the NRL will the the 8th annual Beanie for Brain Cancer Round
Our Everest Experience, by MHF Ambassador Danny Buderus
We have just returned from the 7th Mark Hughes Foundation trek, Everest Base Camp Twin Peak Summit – and what an epic 15 days it was. I feel so honoured to be part of this group, who collectively raised almost $550,000!
2024/2025 Innovation Grants
MHF Centre for Brain Cancer Research at the University of Newcastle is providing funding to researchers studying brain cancer and its treatment; through the Brain Cancer Innovation Grants.
Willgoose PhD Scholarship in Medical Image Analysis
This PhD Scholarship honours the memory of Professor Garry Willgoose, a long-term staff member of the University of Newcastle and Professor of Engineering
Human cerebrospinal fluid affects chemoradiotherapy sensitivities in tumor cells from patients with glioblastoma.
We are very excited to share an updated from the project part funded by MHF, conducted by Dr. Cedric Bardy. As published in the journal Science Advances results show that a decades-old anti-anxiety drug can improve the effectiveness of chemo-radiotherapy
Volunteer Spotlight - Belinda Peden
I actively began volunteering in 2017 as a way to try to repay MHF for the incredible support they provided to my dear friend.
At this point my tumour is stable and I’m monitored with regular MRIs. The scan-xiety is REAL!
Just 10 days after safely delivering her daughter, Jess began a marathon cancer treatment journey. Awake brain surgery, 6 weeks of radiation therapy, 12 months of chemotherapy and intense rehabilitation to learn to walk again, all whilst becoming a mum.
I’m 37 years old, married to a spunky guy, mother to 3 beautiful children (6, 8, and 10) and I have brain cancer. And I can tell you, brain cancer sucks!
As this year’s “Beanie for Brain Cancer” ambassador you’ll see Liz and her family on billboards and press ads and on your socials smiling happily with their beanies on, but behind the smiles is hidden the heartache and trauma of dealing with brain cancer.
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NIKE Melbourne Marathon 2024
Sunday October 13, join thousands of others and make a difference as you run, jog, wheel or walk your way through the city streets, passing iconic Melbourne landmarks before finishing with a lap of honour around the MCG’s hallowed turf.
Two Peaks Scenic Rim
Join MHF September 27-29 as we conquer Two Peaks of Queensland’s Scenic Rim, uniting for brain cancer research and raising hope step by step. Together, we climb for a cure.