BRAIN cancer research at the Mark Hughes Foundation has been boosted thanks to a Wagga initiative that raised nearly $53,000.
The two families involved in organising the inaugural Gray Tie Ball, which was held at the International Hotel in June, announced the amount yesterday.
Cathy Reid, one of the organisers of the initiative, said it came about after her husband, Geoff, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017.
"He's got ongoing treatment here in Wagga every two weeks and then Sydney every two months for scans," Mrs Reid said.
"We live month by month.
"We try to keep our lives as normal as possible - it's a new normal for us.
"The statistics aren't getting any better and we do what we can to help."
Mark Hughes also attended the ball, which had about 200 people and was supported by many local organisations.
"We were just blown by it all," Mrs Reid said.
"We called it the Gray Tie Ball because gray is the colour of the brain cancer ribbon for brain cancer awareness."
The foundation is a not-for-profit organisation formed by former Newcastle Knights player Mark Hughes and his wife, Kirralee Hughes, following his brain cancer diagnosis in 2013.
The foundation has been formed to raise much needed funds to promote research, heighten awareness and support brain cancer patients and their families within the community.