Mark Hughes Foundation Beanie for Brain Cancer
It seems an understatement to say that my diagnosis of brain cancer in July 2013 was life changing, and yet it truly was.
What followed my diagnosis was an overwhelming level of support from family, friends and the community, which helped me to maintain a positive mindset throughout my treatment. It was this support that led my wife Kirralee and I to form the Mark Hughes Foundation, as a way of repaying those who had helped me, and to help others in my position.
We were astounded to discover the appalling brain cancer statistics in this country and the inexplicable lack of funding for research. You too are probably shocked to know brain cancer kills more children than any other disease, and kills more people under 40 in Australia than any other cancer - yet it receives less than 5% of government cancer research funding.
We set out to help change this.
In 2016, our humble little beanie fundraiser raised over $450,000! We could hardly believe it. In 2017, with the support of Channel Nine, the NRL Footy Show and Matt Callander, our expectations were surpassed once again. Thanks to the amazing support of the NRL Beanie For Brain Cancer Round, the Foundation raised $2.3million throughout Beanie for Brain Cancer week. Learn more about Beanie Day here. The Beanie round reached new heights in 2018, hitting a staggering $3.5million. In 2019 we sold out of all our beanies and raised an amazing $3.1million from beanie sales and beanie day fundraisers!
In 2020 we're hoping to raise the bar even more.
With your assistance, these much needed funds help to find a cure for brain cancer, create awareness and support brain cancer patients and their families.
Thanks, Mark Hughes and the MHF Team