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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We're thrilled to have Laura Henshaw joining us for Connor's Run again this year! Less than 600 places until we're sold out - register before it's too late! 🏃🏼‍♀️💛 #connorsrun #morefunthanrun #brainsmatter #aeternumfortis ... See MoreSee Less

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Please share this with anyone you know that might enjoy/benefit from this special weekend away. Bec does a great job organising. ... See MoreSee Less

Peace of Mind Foundation is very pleased to have Peppers The Sands Resort as a major sponsor of our upcoming Women's Retreat for Brain Cancer. We are very much looking forward to hosting our event at ...

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WINNER! Congratulations to Miles Lipman on winning 2 x Season Lift passes for Falls Creek, thanks to our major sponsors Renault Australia!
Only 700 places left for Connor's Run so get registered quickly. We'll see you out on the course 💛 #connorsrun #morefunthanrun #aeternumfortis #pediatricbraincancer
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You've got to be in it to win it! 2 Falls Creek Ski Passes to one lucky winner (we'll add one of our new beanies too!). Comp closes 8 tonight.
It's simple:
1 Rego for Connor's Run
2. Like this post
3. Tag 3 friends you want to have with you on 17 September.
Only 1 entry per person. #aeternumfortis #connorsrun #morefunthanrun #skiholiday #fallscreek
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NEW BEANIES! Just in time for winter get your new RCDF Pom Pom Beanie ❄️ head to to get yours before they sell out! #beanies4braincancer #beanie #brainsmatter #pediatricbraincancer ... See MoreSee Less

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Connor's dad @rsdawes doing the actual #ConnorsRun this morning. We can't imagine a better running (or walking) course anywhere in the world. #beautifulmelbourne #melbourneinstarunners #aeternumfortis #morefunthanrun #joinus! #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #funrun ... See MoreSee Less

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Great night of FUNdraising at PwC's Trivia Night for RCDF/their Connor's Run Corporate Team 🙏🏻🎉⭐ ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks to our generous major sponsor Renault Australia we have two season passes for Falls Creek - each valued at $1700 to give away to 1 lucky runner!
For your chance to win both passes:
1. Register for Connor's Run
2. Like this post
3. Tag 3 friends you want to run with on September 17
Winner will be drawn on Monday 19th June at 8pm so get in quick!
#connorsrun #morefunthanrun #aeternumfortis
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Tune into 3AW to hear our Executive Director, Liz Dawes talk all things Connor's Run 🎉 ... See MoreSee Less

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@lizdawes surrounded by the best brains in the business! Proud to be sponsoring Michael Taylor (right looking at photo) as Keynote Presenter at ANZCHOG. Michael is a neuro surgeon and principle investigator at Sick Kids, Toronto and one (if not THE) worlds pediatric brain cancer expert. Nick Gattardo, Australia leading neuro oncologist & researcher from Princess Margaret in Perth. Collaborating w Michael IS how Australia will advance for the benefit of children w brain cancer. #aeternumfortis #pediatricbraincancer #1cancerkillerofkids #Anzchog ... 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""