The Newcastle Knights will look to bounce back from a 48-10 loss to the Sydney Roosters and raise much-needed awareness when the club hosts Wests Tigers in the Beanie for Brain Cancer Round.
Brain cancer is the largest cancer killer of both children and adults under 40 years of age, while it is also the most underfunded.
“We need answers to brain cancer,” former Knight Mark Hughes said.
“We need a cure – I need it and so many other people in the community need it.
“The only way we’re going to do it is by raising some money so we can keep ripping into some research.”
Hughes said it was thanks to community support, as well as businesses like McDonald Jones Homes, that the Mark Hughes Foundation had developed into a national foundation.
“It started right here in Newcastle and we don’t forget that,” he said.
“Get to the game, wear your beanie and show your support. Every time I see someone wear a beanie it gives me a lot of strength.”
You can show your support by buying a beanie at the game, while other NRL venues will sell beanies at merchandise outlets from July 25 to July 28.
Newcastle is sitting just inside the NRL’s top eight after last Saturday’s heavy defeat at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
At one point, the Knights only trailed by two points, 12-10, but a try to Roosters captain Boyd Cordner opened the floodgates.
The tri-colours then blitzed Newcastle with another five unanswered tries to claim their biggest win of the season.
The Knights tackle Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium this Friday 26 July from 6pm.