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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Only 1 month left until Connor's Run! We hope everyone is training hard and fundraising harder, we'll see you at the start line 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼#connorsrun #morefunthanrun #aeternumfortis #sockittobraincancer #brainsmatter #thebrainiswheretheheartlives ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you Leader newspaper for allowing us to grace your covers...across 4 community papers! We are proud of what we are accomplishing for every Australian child with brain cancer and especially to be carrying on Connor's legacy in such a meaningful way. It's a fantastic article encompassing so much of our story. To our community: thanks for your awesome support..we wouldn't be where we're at without you! 🎉⭐👍🏻🎉⭐🙌🏻 ... See MoreSee Less

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Missed out on registration? Not into running but look cute on the sidelines? We need you!
We need plenty of volunteers to make Connor's Run possible, and this year we need more than ever.
Love dressing in a onesie and hugging strangers? Maybe you prefer to show off your muscles during set up? No matter what you're good at there's a job for everyone and we let you choose it yourself! Head to the link to see what jobs are up for grabs and register with a friend to hang out together on the day! 👉
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Our popular Sock-It to brain cancer socks are back in stock...just in time for Father's Day. We also have popular boxes, all ready with 16 socks to sell at work or school...we'll add box sales to your Connor's Run page! Order at 🎉⭐👍🏻 ... See MoreSee Less

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In celebration of our 5th #ConnorsRun we are introducing the Fortis Club, rewarding those that have done all 5 Connor's Runs with a special Tee and another surprise gift 🎉 @_livwells is one of our inaugural members (along with 400 others 😍). Liv was Australia's Miss Universe in 2013 and generously put up with lots of sweaty hugs at our 1st Finish, she's been with us ever since, now one of our awesome Ambassadors. #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #morefunthanrun #aeternumfortis #pediatricbraincancer ... See MoreSee Less

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It's the little things that get us excited! Every year The Paper Cup Company has donated all water cups, left over from other events to Connor's Run. This year they asked if we'd like a custom cup made, 14,000 to be no charge. Yes please! How good do they look? #ConnorsRun #morefunthanrun #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #generousgiving #pediatricbraincancer ... See MoreSee Less

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Meet the amazing Misty Jenkins, Sr lab scientist at Walter&Eliza Hall Institute. She is working on exciting immunotherapy research for brain cancer. We are looking forward to supporting her important work as best as we can. This is your FUNdraising at work! #ConnorsRun #morefunthanrun #aternumfortis #reserach #pediatricbraincancer #1cancerkillerofkids ... 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""