Pivotal support

THE relentless 24-7 cycle of medical research means the task of fundraising can also never sleep. 

HMRI is fortunate to have a select band of independent Foundations, staffed by passionate volunteers, who are authorised to fundraise on its behalf.

These include the Hunter Children’s Research Foundation (HCRF), Hunter Transplant Research Foundation (HTRF) and Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF).

Formed in 1996, HCRF raises funds for important research into terminal and debilitating illnesses affecting children. Money raised by HCRF stays in the Hunter to fund research projects in areas like asthma, cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and sleep disorders. Since 1996, HCRF has raised $1.965 million.

HTRF addresses challenges in organ transplantation by embedding immunology research with clinical practice.

It’s hard to miss their fluoro-drenched Glow Walk fund-raiser at Nobbys Beach each year. ‘Glow’ signifies the restored vitality that organ recipients feel, yet major problems still exist, like chronic rejection and elevated cancer risks due to the immunosuppression therapy.

MHF, established by Mark and Kirralee Hughes following Mark’s diagnosis with brain cancer in 2013, has become a national phenomenon in promoting brain cancer research, heightening awareness and supporting brain cancer patients and their families.

Mark, a highly respected former Newcastle Knights star, has trekked the Kokoda trial and climbed to Everest base camp in his own hands-on fundraising efforts. The MHF Beanie for Brain Cancer campaign has been a huge success.