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

Sean McMahon Robert Connor Dawes Foundation

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BRAINY FRIENDS

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THE LATEST
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Sandy Kiosk Dunny Opening brings out Bayside’s VIPs, raffle for “first flush” benefits us! 🙏🏻😎🤣 #flushedwithpride #dunnymoney #wipeoutbraincancer ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Birthday to @lizdawes today. Thank you for creating something so special in your son’s name. 🎂🎉⭐️🙏🏻 #aeternumfortis #happybirthday #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #pediatricbraincancer ... See MoreSee Less

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Another day, another group of young students helping us make #brainsmatter. Today Liz was interviewed by Sandringham House Y6’s Hugo, Arthur, Ava, Anika and Angie for a class project. How participating in sports (#ConnorsRun) can do a greater good ( help raise awareness and $ for pediatric brain cancer). #connorsrun #aeternumfortis #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #charity #brainsmatter #firbank ... See MoreSee Less

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Y7 BGS boys learning about charities and how to give back...these special ones have picked us! 🎉👍🏻😎 #aeternumfortis #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #givingback #charity #pediatricbraincancer #brightongrammar ... See MoreSee Less

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Missing our #Ambassador @__harry__ in Melbourne this year but happy he’s having such an amazing time working in China. Harry is a wonderful role model for all brain tumour survivors...it hasn’t been easy but he’s making the most of every day. #aeternumfortis #rcd #rcdtee #pediatricbraincancer #china #survivor ... See MoreSee Less

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Missing our #Ambassador @__harry__ in Melbourne this year but happy he’s having such an amazing time working in China. Harry is a wonderful role model for all brain tumour survivors...it hasn’t been easy but he’s making the most of every day. #aeternumfortis #rcd #rcdtee #pediatricbraincancer #china #survivor ... See MoreSee Less

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Big congratulations to @rperruzza running her 3rd @melbmara today and raising $$ and awareness for @rcdfoundation 🎉⭐️👍🏻#aeternumfortis #pediatricbraincancer #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #melbournemarathon ... See MoreSee Less

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We’ve arrived on the red carpet thanks to our head of #MusicTherapy Sarah Punch...at the world premiere of @thorthemovie in LA today at @elcapitanthtre , Cate Blanchett over her shoulder. #connorsrun #aeternumfortis #pediatricbraincancer #gdayusa #thebrainiswheretheheartlives #thor #worldpremiere ... See MoreSee Less

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5 years ago today Connor was rehabbing after his brain cancer surgery...his surgery impaired his right side and his short term memory...among many other deficits. He wanted to swim the Pier to Pub with his brother @nickdawes_ and @joelballeggi and their first ocean training was in Noosa. His tumour progressed and swimming became impossible...but until it did, he was determined to improve. When we talk about #AeternumFortis this is what we mean. #braincancer #pediatricbraincancer #brainsmatter #lifegoals #thebrainiswheretheheartlives ... 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""