Connor’s Run




Connor’s Run raises over $630,000 toward Australia’s first DNA Tissue Testing Centre, helping bring kids with brain cancer closer to a cure

On Sunday 11 September, a record number of 3,600 Australians united along Melbourne’s foreshore for Australia’s largest event for paediatric brain cancer, Connor’s Run by the Robert Connor Dawes (RCD) Foundation.


High profile celebrities, such as Shane Warne, James Tomkins and Tamsyn Manou (née Lewis), cancer survivors and the community ran and fundraised to honour the late 18-year-old Connor Dawes and all young people affected by the disease.


Liz Dawes, Connor’s mum and Executive Director of the RCD Foundation, says the funds raised each year supports vital research finding a cure for children and adolescents with brain cancer.


“Our celebrity ambassadors, corporate sponsors, fundraisers and volunteers have an absolute ball, dancing and having fun along the run, while also raising money to make a difference in the lives of young people with brain cancer,” says Dawes.


“This year the funds raised by members of the community will largely contribute to Australia’s first DNA Tissue Testing (methylation of arrays) Centre at Monash Children’s Cancer Centre,” says Dawes.


Peter Downie, Head of Monash Children’s Cancer Centre, says the invaluable funding from the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation allows the Centre to expand on their current brain tumour research.


“This is an Australian first in tissue testing, and will allow doctors to develop specific target treatments and cure more children and adolescents of their brain cancer,” says Downie.


Since the inception of Connor’s Run in 2013 by the RCD Foundation, the community has raised $1.35 million to support Research, Care and Development in paediatric brain cancer.


The event was sponsored by Hodges, Renault, NAB, Oracle, Coles, Firbank Grammar and Brighton Grammar.