The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) is a charity formed in Newcastle by Mark and Kirralee Hughes following Mark's diagnosis with Brain Cancer in 2013.
Supported by his friends, family and former Newcastle Knights team mates, Mark officially launched MHF in 2014.
The Mark Hughes Foundation's mission is to raise much needed funds for research, to create awareness and support brain cancer patients and their families. One person will be diagnosed with brain cancer every five hours and it is the leading cause of cancer death in children and adults under 40.
Brain cancer is the most complex cancer yet it is the most under-studied and receives less than 5% of federal government cancer research funding.
Our Foundation is a very small organisation that runs mostly on the generosity of our volunteers, supporters and community grants which allows us to keep the running costs to a bare minimum so the money that we raise can go where it is needed most.
Peace of Mind Foundation is the leading national brain cancer support charity in Australia, helping provide ‘here and now’ supportive care services and programs to patients and families impact by a brain cancer diagnosis.
Our vision is that every family in Australia impacted by brain cancer will get the support they need.
Peace of Mind Foundation offers a range of supportive care programs and services to patients and families accross Australia
The registered charity The Brain Cancer Group – Care2Cure, (formerly named Sydney Neuro-Oncology Group Ltd), was established on the Royal North Shore Hospital campus in Sydney, Australia in the year 2000 by neuro-surgeons Dr Raymond Cook and Dr Michael Biggs, who were soon after joined by medical oncologist Dr Helen Wheeler.
While passionate about improving the care and outcomes for their patients with brain cancer, it was clear to the doctors that this was not enough.
These patients stood largely alone in a community that focused much of its fundraising and awareness on other more common cancer types.
They recognised the need for a highly focused community group, consisting of like-minded individuals of different medical and business backgrounds, who would dedicate their time and expertise pro bono, specifically to brain tumour research, education and patient and carer support.
This group became our Board of Directors.