THE

ROBERT CONNOR DAWES FOUNDATION


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.

OUR
MISSION

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.

WHAT IS AN
EPENDYMOMA

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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RESEARCH

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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CARE

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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DEVELOPMENT

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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Development projects

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OUR
BOARD & TEAM

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OUR
AMBASSADORS & FRIENDS

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BRAINY FRIENDS

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You don't have to be a world champion to help cure brain cancer 🙌🏻⭐ #brainweek #felikszemdegs #aeternumfortis #brainsmatter ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Valentines Day ❤️Everyday is a day to surround yourself with ❤ today's just a good reminder ❤4 years ago today Connor's big hearted mates came to visit, showing their friend some ❤️Valentines doesn't have to be about romance, it's just nice letting people you care about know ❤ #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #bigheartforthebrain #aeternumfortis #valentineday ... See MoreSee Less

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Struggling with ideas for that perfect gift for your #Valentine? We've got you covered! Our little bird jewellery for her...our #Sockittobraincancer socks for him ❤ order at: RCDstore.tictail.com with easy pick up in Sandringham ❤ Remember: #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #love #valentineday #pediatricbraincancer ... See MoreSee Less

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Hailebury Rowers showing some ❤ for @rcdfoundation proudly on display at today's Firbank Regatta. Good luck to all the Rowers! #strokestrokestroke #aeternumfortis #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #pediatricbraincancer ... See MoreSee Less

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Representing #ConnorsRun on the streets of Bayside today @jackbullock_ CR 2015 1st place finisher, his rowing ace brother @kanebullock and @lizdawes ❤ #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #aeternumfortis #braincancerawareness #thepantry ... See MoreSee Less

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One month from today! Our 2nd Connor's Erg Challenge between Stanford & Wisconsin crew teams...an awesome event celebrating Connor's legacy & raising critical funds for #Stanford & #UW pediatric neuro oncology research projects. Link in our bio to donate #aeternumfortis #connorsergchallenge #erg #ergo #badgers #cardinals ... 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""