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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Awesome effort from Ormond College at Melbourne University rowing 24 hours for our #brainsmatter projects. Connor's sister Hannah bringing it home in the middle 🎉⭐🙏🏻 ... See MoreSee Less

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Super effort by Ormond College at Melbourne University, now 10 hours into 24hr Ergo Challenge raising $$ and awareness for us. Connor's brother Nick does his piece from Dublin. 🎉🙏🏻🚣⭐ ... See MoreSee Less

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Wonderful for Liz to meet Olivia and her mum, Dot. Olivia's doing a terrific job handling treatment for an ependymoma...the same tumour Connor had. Olivia's family & friends have done amazing fundraising for her in Singapore where they live. What a beautiful young person with such a positive attitude. We'll be supporting Olivia and her family as best we can. 💕 #aeternumfortis #pediatricbraincancer #connorsrun #ependymoma #braveheart ... See MoreSee Less

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It's Australia's #NeighbourDay today and Zoe & Amy along with their parents organised a neighbourhood brekkie and decided to raise some $$ for us too. 🙏🏻💕 #aeternumfortis #goodneighbours #community #pediatricbraincancer #brainsmatter #everydollarhelps ... See MoreSee Less

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We couldn't be prouder of or more excited for our newest #Ambassador @andrew_mcgrath making his debut tonight with @essendonfc Go well Andy! ❤️🖤#Bombers #aeternumfortis #footy #AFL #seasonopener #pediatricbraincancer #brainsmatter ... See MoreSee Less

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How's this for a random act of kindness? After our Connor's Erg in US, Connor's cousin Matt was returning to Texas and on his flight discussed the event, our charity, Connor with gal sitting next to him, Olivia @opavlovgarcia. Feeling inspired Olivia, who is currently training for the US Triathlon Nationals in August, has decided to fundraise and raise awareness for us as part of her training...wanting to do something meaningful while she works towards her personal challenge. Read more at @opavlovgarcia Thank you Olivia 🙏🏻❤ #meaningfullife #aeternumfortis #pediatricbraincancer #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #landmarkforum #triathlon #triathlontraining ... See MoreSee Less

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Great day at Settlers Ridge yesterday for Hodges Charity Golf Day, raising $$ and awareness for us 🙏🏻🎉 Our big hearted volunteers: Cherie Dear, Ben Stonier, Callum MacLeod and Jane Dunn kept the golfers well fuelled with drinks & snacks. Liz did her best to inspire before the Live Auction. Thanks Hodges 👏🏻💛 ... See MoreSee Less

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A beautiful morning at Settlers Ridge for Hodges Golf Event, raising money & awareness for @rcdfoundation 😎👍🏻#pediatricbraincancer #braincancerawareness #aeternumfortis #golf ... See MoreSee Less

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We ❤ this photo of Olivia's dad Martin and brothers Daniel & Liam took part in a #BraveShave along with 30(!) others last Sunday in Singapore all to support Olivia and raise $$ for @rcdfoundation 🎉🙏🏻⭐ #aeternumfortis #braincancerawareness #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #pediatricbraincancer ... See MoreSee Less

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Registration for our 5th(!) Connor's Run opens 1 month from today, 20 April at 7pm. We are excited to launch our #morefunthanrun and hope that you and all your friends and their friends will join in to help us show the world that #thebrainiswheretheheartlives 💛Thanks for helping us create the largest event in Australia for pediatric brain cancer, the country's #1cancerkillerofkids ⭐ #braincancerawareness #pediatricbraincancer #funrun ... 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""