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.
In 2016, with a bit of experience under our belt and a big media push, 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.
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 far this money had been used to establish a brain cancer biobank, the Matt Callander Beanie for Brain Cancer Fellowship, establish a specialised Brain Cancer Care Coordinator, establish various Travel Grants, and fund a round of brain cancer research projects carefully chosen by the MHF Scientific Committee.
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.