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 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.

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Beanie for Brain Cancer 2018 - Raise the Bar

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and some of our favourite TV, radio and...

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...

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Borneo Coast to Coast Trek

Mark, Paul and their intrepid trekkers are tackling the mountains, rivers and jungles of Borneo in October to help tackle brain cancer.

Dr Kelly McKelvey, recipient of Matt Callander Fellowship

A great information piece from Kelly McKelvey, the recipient of the Matt Callander Fellowship, about her research project at...

Beanie for Brain Cancer Round raises $2.619 million

In an amazing display of generosity, the rugby league community rallied to raise $2,619,000 in the NRL’s Beanie for Brain...



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