The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) - is a Non-Profit, Health Promotion Charity that Mark Hughes and his wife Kirralee began in 2014, after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. They began the Foundation after realising how underfunded brain cancer was in Australia in comparison to other cancers. The lack of funding meant very little research into treatments or cures for brain cancer and, as a result, not much has changed in the shocking brain cancer mortality rates over the past 30 years.
They had no idea when they started the Foundation and set about raising funds for some much needed research, the incredible amount of support that would be received from people everywhere.
To date the Foundation has raised over $20 million and funded; a Brain Cancer Biobank, Travel Grants, multiple research projects around Australia including three Fellowships and multiple Brain Cancer Care Coordinators. Amazing! And all thanks to our supporters and our tireless volunteers.
Ultimately research means better outcomes for brain cancer patients, but research is expensive – There priority is to raise funds and ensure those funds get to where they are needed most. The Foundation is a very small organisation that runs mostly on the generosity of supporters and some community grants which allows them to keep the running costs to a bare minimum so that one day, maybe in Mark’s lifetime, together, There will be a cure for brain cancer.