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Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium has rebranded to ‘Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium’ for a week in support of the Mark Hughes Foundation. The Beanie for Brain Cancer Round will also occur in the NRL this week (round 12) in support of the cause.
The Stadium will sport its own three-metre high beanie for the week, with those fans who are attending this round of the NRL being encouraged to wear beanies and donate to the cause.
Donations made towards the Mark Hughes Foundation will help fund critical research finding a cure for the disease, as well as support for patients.
Former Newcastle Knights player Mark Hughes created the foundation after being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013. “As there is no cure for brain cancer, raising money to fund research is critical. It kills more children than any other disease and more adults under-40 than any other cancer. These statistics need to change,” Mark Hughes said.
“My wife Kirralee and I created Beanie for Brain Cancer while I was fighting the disease, because many brain cancer patients wear beanies to cover scars, bandages, hair loss and to keep warm.”
The Newcastle Knights will take on the Cronulla Sharks this Sunday at Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium, with hundreds of thousands of fans expected to see the sign either at the ground or through the match broadcast, helping to raise awareness for brain cancer.