Mark Hughes proved that he is as much a legend off the footy field as he was on it when he gave an inspiring talk at Kurri Kurri High School last week.
Hughes, who grew up in Kurri Kurri, visited the school on Tuesday to talk about his eponymous foundation, which raises money for a cure and creates awareness about brain cancer.
Last week was the Mark Hughes Foundation’s fifth annual Beanie for Brain Cancer Week. The former Newcastle Knights and Kurri Kurri Bulldogs player’s life was changed forever in 2013 when doctors found an avocado-sized tumour on his brain.
Surgery, a series of intensive radiation and chemotherapy followed.
Today, the tumour thankfully has shown no size of regrowth and Hughes lives a healthy life, but the experience has taught him not to put things off any more.
“If you want to do something, or achieve something do it now – don’t wait,” he told the audience at Kurri Kurri High School.
The school went on to hold a Beanie for Brain Cancer day on Thursday, with students donating a gold coin to the Mark Hughes Foundation to support patients undergoing treatment for brain cancer and the researchers striving for a cure.
Donate at markhughesfoundation.com.au.