Inspired by a big heart and brain, the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation was created in June 2013 in the memory of Robert Connor Dawes. 

We are battling brain tumours and supporting brain matters in the areas of research, care and development.


Brain cancer is the most fatal of all childhood cancers. Current clinical treatments only help 50% of children, but leave 90% with lifelong physical and mental impairments.

This is why brain tumours are so devastating. We’re all about changing the odds. To make brain tumours go the way of the dinosaurs. To support the science and in the meantime the patients.


Ependymoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord. The brain controls vital functions such as memory and learning, the senses (hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch), and emotion. The spinal cord is made up of bundles of nerve fibers that connect the brain with nerves in most parts of the body.

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Contributing funds to Australia brain tumour research to enable researchers to further understand and more completely treat brain tumours, including earlier detection, surgery and post surgery treatments (radiation & chemotherapy).

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Supporting families by organising and funding rehabilitation therapies and home assistance commonly not covered by insurance. Throughout his last year, Connor had weekly music and yoga therapy on top of his standard rehabilitation. Despite being emotionally invaluable, these are often not covered by insurance. Neither is home assistance, which gives comfort to both the patient and the family.

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Inspiring the next generation of brain cancer practitioners & researchers. Through awareness programs, Phd Scholarships and youth engagement activities, we’re putting brain matters on the map.

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Several months ago, Ruyton ace rower Jeannie Mitchell was diagnosed with a brain tumour, she's been bravely going through treatment while being strongly supported by her Ruyton crewmates and classmates. Jeannie will be joining us at Connor's Run this year and hoping to see lots of you join her & the Ruyton Rowers. As many of you know rowing at the heart of Connor's Run and here's another connection. Please get your friends together and register and help support Jeannie and others facing this terrible disease. 🙏🏻⭐🙏🏻⭐#aeternumfortis #brainsmatter #MoreFunthanRun #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #pediatricbraincancer ... See MoreSee Less

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Connor's Run now 50% Sold Out after 1 month...have you secured your spot? How bought your friends? Don't miss out on our #MoreFunthanRun Join us for Melbourne's most beautiful run along the, walk, skip or jump..we don't mind! #aeternumfortis #pediatricbraincancer #1cancerkillerofkids #brainsmatter #funrun ... See MoreSee Less

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Are you looking for some motivation to register for Connor's Run? Meet 5 yr old Zoe, facing an aggressive form of brain cancer. Zoe's family, while dealing with this cruel disease, have made an effort to register for Connor's Run and have already raised an impressive $15,000! Zoe and other young people facing brain cancer are the exact reason we are working so hard. We are determined to help accelerate better treatment options that lead ultimately to a cure. Please help us by registering and get your friends involved too: #aeternumfortis #connorsrun #pediatricbraincancer #1cancerkillerofkids #brainsmatter #unitedunicorns #4Zoe ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Ambassador & 4 time Logie winner Lisa McCune warming up for today's Brighton Lunch, generously donating her time & talent to our #brainsmatter projects, specifically our Music Matters Grants 🎉❤🙏🏻 ... See MoreSee Less

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This year Brighton Grammar Headmaster is adding some brawn to his heart for our #brainmatters. He's agreeing to add 1kilo weight to a backpack for every $1000 raised for the 'BGS Runs for Connor" team....and running the 18km! All BGS Sr school boys encouraged to join this team and help Mr Featherston get to his 5 kilo goal. We love a FUN idea. Register, join this team and donate at #morefunthanrun #connorsrun #aeternumfortis #pediatricbraincancer #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #bgs ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers out there, including the brains and the beauty behind the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation - Liz Dawes! Make sure you hug your mum today! #aeternumfortis #brainiswheretheheartlives #mothersdayclassic #connorsrun ... See MoreSee Less

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Please watch this beautiful video from CERN's Ependymoma Awareness Day this week in Washington DC. We feel privileged to be part of this amazing organisation and working with these incredible people. We are proud to be partnering with them with our Robert Connor Dawes Research Fellowship. ... See MoreSee Less

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Have a listen to Tim Wilson - Federal Liberal Member for Goldstein in today's Parliament, talking about Connor's Run, our AIM BRAIN Project & how important the governments co-funding is to the lives of every Australian child diagnosed with brain cancer. Thanks for your support Tim! ... See MoreSee Less

The work of the RCD Foundation-Robert Connor Dawes has been recognised in the 2017-18 Budget and I am more than proud to support the endeavours of such a hard working local community charity.

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Connorism #5

"Rise up this mornin',  Smiled with the risin' sun,  Three little birds,  Pitch by my doorstep,  Singin' sweet songs,  Of melodies pure and true,  Sayin', "This is my message to you-ou-ou""