When my wife Kirralee and I set up the Mark Hughes Foundation we wanted to make a difference, and make a difference fast! When you live with brain cancer you really appreciate how precious time is. We have to make every minute count. We wanted to raise money for research – FAST. Kiz suggested we sell beanies as a lot of brain cancer patients wear beanies to cover scars, bandages, loss of hair and just to keep warm. Thus "Beanie for Brain Cancer" was born in 2014.
Since then we have sold nearly 1 million beanies, raised millions for brain cancer research and funded Brain Cancer Care nurses in regional Australia. Our annual Beanie Campaign is our major fundraiser and makes a big difference to brain cancer patients and their families today… and into the future.
The money has quickly been pushed into where it is needed most. We're a small foundation with an amazing network of generous of helpers. The money we raise goes directly to finding a cure, better treatments and patient care.
So as you can see, from a simple idea to sell beanies to fundraise, our Beanie for Brain Cancer campaign has grown year after year and is already making an impact on the lives of many.
Every cent counts and your support – whether purchasing a beanie or donating and wearing a beanie at a Beanie Day event – is greatly appreciated.