Brain cancer kills more children and adults aged under 40 than any other cancer in Australia. (Source – Cure Brain Cancer Foundation)
In 2014, the Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) was formed to raise much needed funds to promote brain cancer research, heighten awareness & support brain cancer patients and families.
In conjunction with HMRI, the MHF is a not for profit organisation formed in Newcastle by Mark and Kirralee Hughes following Mark’s diagnosis with Brain Cancer in 2013.
Mark is a well-known and highly respected former Newcastle Knights Rugby League player, business and community identity who is undergoing treatment to fight brain cancer.
To date, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised through HMRI and the MHF for brain cancer research via fundraising events, generous donations and purchases of Mark Hughes Foundation beanies..
Funds raised through the MHF and HMRI have already seen several advancements in brain cancer research, the most notable being the establishment of a brain cancer aspect of the Hunter Cancer Biobank. Blood and tumour samples can be donated to the Biobank and used in several studies, making research more efficient and affordable.
A number of travel grants have also been awarded to Hunter researchers through the MHF, allowing them to foster collaborations and learn new techniques.
“By giving our scientists and clinicians the chance to network at the cutting edge of global research they can ensure that brain cancer patients in Australia are among the first in the world to benefit from new therapies and technologies as they arise” explains Mark Hughes.