Locals back beanies for brain cancer

Get your beanies ... Harry Scott, Brodie Acret, Henry Hodges (front), Cody Whitby, Blair Thomas.
Get your beanies ... Harry Scott, Brodie Acret, Henry Hodges (front), Cody Whitby, Blair Thomas.

This Saturday is Beanies for Brain Cancer Day at Forbes Magpies Junior Rugby League.

All age groups are at home this Saturday and the club is hosting a fundraiser for the Mark Hughes foundation.

You can buy a Forbes Junior Rugby League beanie at training on Tuesday or Thursday or on Saturday.

The beanies cost $15 and $5 will be donated to the foundation, a not for profit organisation formed in Newcastle by Mark and Kirralee Hughes, following Mark's 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.

Already, generous donations to MHF have allowed the Foundation to fund:

A state of the art brain cancer biobank at Hunter Medical Research Institute – a vital resource for researchers

A dedicated brain cancer care coordinator at John Hunter Hospital which has not only assisted so many patients and their families but it part of a wider research project to quantify the cost benefits of the government funding positions like these across the country.

A three year “HMRI Clinical Research Fellowship” for Brain Cancer to Dr. Mike Fay in the area of radiation oncology.