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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Proud to announce the CERN Robert Connor Dawes Fellow to Clare King at the Gilbertson Lab in Cambridge, UK. This 2 year Fellow is jointly funded by our Australia and US charities. Clare’s work will focus on ependymoma, the type of tumour Connor had. Applications were received from around the world. We’re excited to fund the best and brightest. ... See MoreSee Less

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Proud to announce the CERN Robert Connor Dawes Fellow at #SNO to Clare King at Gilbertson Lab in Cambridge. This Fellow is jointly funded by our Australia and US charities. #aeternumfortis #pediatricbraincancer #collaborationworks #USA #Australia #UK #thebrainiswheretheheartlives ... See MoreSee Less

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Excited to announce our 3rd #ConnorsErg between @stanford and @uwmadison crew teams late Feb 2018. Liz had inspirational meeting with Stanford as Coach Craig Amerkhanian tells his team “it feels good doing something bigger than yourself and that starts here”. #aeternumfortis #connorsergchallenge #rowing #pediatricbraincancer #thebrainiswheretheheartlives ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations Australia on voting YES to same sex marriage. 🎉 Several people asked us if our rainbow themed tee this year was a nod of support to this it wasn’ was meant to represent a ‘stream of happiness’. Which to us ties together nicely. After all: #thebrainiswheretheheartlives We know this means a lot personally to so many that are involved with our charity and Connor’s Run, we are genuinely so happy for you and for the greater good of Australian society. ❤️💛💚💙💜 #loveislove #aeternumfortis #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #pediatricbraincancer #connorsrun ... See MoreSee Less

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RCD Foundation-Robert Connor Dawes updated their cover photo. ... See MoreSee Less

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Fantastic effort by @peter_fitzsimons (@lisa_wilkinson ’s (lucky) hubby) on his win today AND for helping raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer #aeternumfortis #rowvember #AIRC17 #pediatricbraincancer Repost @sportssunday
A big congratulations to Fitzy on becoming an Australian indoor rowing champion! 🏆 #9SportsSunday
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Tune into Libbi Gorr/774am this morning at 10:45 to hear Liz talk about creating @rcdfoundation in memory & celebration of her son, Connor and trying to make a real difference for children with brain cancer in his name. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 ... See MoreSee Less

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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""