The Mark Hughes Foundation is a charity raising funds to support research, raise awareness for brain cancer and support brain cancer patients.

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The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) is a not for profit organisation formed in Newcastle by Mark and Kirralee Hughes following Marks diagnosis with Brain Cancer in 2013. Mark is a well known and highly respected former Newcastle Knights Rugby League player, business and community identity who is undergoing treatment to fight brain cancer. The Mark Hughes Foundation has been formed to raise much needed funds to promote research, heighten awareness and support brain cancer patients (children and adults) and their families within the community.

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Beautiful and Brave
7 March 2016

This is why we never give up until we find a cure. Thank you to our beautiful and brave little star Miley. Brain cancer kills more adults under 40 and more children under 10 than any other disease in Australia. Yet very little is known about brain cancer, it causes or how to treat it.


Interview with Ken Sutcliffe
December 2013

Mark and his wife Kirralee speak candidly to Ken Sutcliffe on Merewether Beach about Mark's brain cancer diagnosis and his journey forward. more


Segment on Channel 9's NRL Footy Show
15 June 2014

Erin Moland speaks to Mark, his family and football mates about his diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. more

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Personal Stories

Mark Hughes

Like many stories, my battle with cancer began long before I was diagnosed in July, 2013. more

Madeline & Mark Bishop

Mark had been quite distant for weeks before the seizures. more

Tom's Story

At the age of 19 I was a fit and keen Rugby Player until I starting having seizures more

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