How Your Money Helps

Robyn Leonard and MHF members Kirralee Hughes and Kris Buderas at the HMRI Award

Robyn Leonard and MHF members Kirralee Hughes and Kris Buderas at the HMRI Awards.

No matter how big or small your donation, you want to know that it is going to be used in the best way possible! Medical research is expensive but it saves lives. Funding medical research is how we can look to a future where brain cancer patients have much improved treatments and positive long term health outcomes and one day - a cure.

Your donation large or small helps in many ways:

  • For $50  biobank blood collection tubes
  • For $150  laboratory consumables for one  week for a PHD student (gloves, dry ice, sharps containers, syringes, GHS labels, petri dishes, etc)
  • For $500 one pipette - a vital laboratory tool for researchers
  • For $6000 medical researchers can gather brain cancer cells for investigation for new treatments
  • For $20,000 medical researchers can begin development of new drug therapies for brain cancer treatment
  • For $50,000 medical researchers can develop new treatment and drug therapies ready for clinical trials in patients
  • $100,000 funds a medical research team for 3 months to continue development

Funds raised to date have supported:

  1. The establishment of the first specialised Brain Cancer Care Coordinator, a role that supports brain cancer patients across the Hunter New England Health District, a research project which aims to produce a best practice model for replication across the country .
  2. A state of the art brain cancer biobank and funding for a national biobank platform to provide open access to a broad range of quality brain cancer tissues and related blood samples to researchers across the world.
  3. 2 Research Fellowships: Dr. Mike Faye in Radiation Oncology and Dr. Kelly McKelvey in pre-clinical models of treatment who received the Matt Callander Beanies for Brain Cancer Fellowship.
  4. A PHD project in IDH mutated tumours at SNOG
  5. Pilot project funding for research into improved and targeted treatment.
  6. The AIM Pediatric brain cancer research project in collaboration with the RCD Foundation

For more information about where MHF funds are used, please visit our Funded Research page.