The Mark Hughes Foundation raises much needed funds to promote research, heighten awareness and support brain cancer patients and their families.

Established by Mark and Kirralee Hughes following Mark’s diagnosis with brain cancer in 2013, the Mark Hughes Foundation is authorised to fundraise through the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). 

Mark is a well-known and highly respected former Newcastle Knights Rugby League player, business and community identity. He is still undergoing treatment to fight brain cancer. As a patient, one of the Foundation’s main objectives was to create a strong emphasis on brain cancer research in the Hunter region, and money raised by the Foundation directly supports this research focus at HMRI.

Already, the Foundation has funded:

  • A Brain Cancer Biobank at HMRI
  • Various Travel Grants to allow brain cancer researchers attend international conferences to present their work and establish important research collaborations
  • A dedicated Brain Cancer Care Nurse at John Hunter Hospital

By raising money specifically for brain cancer research, awareness and support, the Mark Hughes Foundation is looking forward to a future where brain cancer patients have much improved treatments and positive long term health outcomes. 

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