By Mary Maidiotis

St George Illawarra Dragons prop Dan Hunt was in attendance at the Blue Mile Dash launch at North Wollongong Beach, as part of Brain Cancer Action Week on Thursday.

Brain Cancer Action Week (May 3 - May 9) aims to increase brain cancer awareness and raise funds for brain cancer research.

The event, to be held on Friday, June 19, consists of a one mile ‘Dash’ along Wollongong’s iconic Blue Mile track.

Teams of four will battle it out to score the fastest time on the course and prizes will be awarded for the highest fundraising team.

Funds raised will go towards supporting Dr. Kerrie McDonald’s research into ‘treating brain cancer more effectively’, conducted at the University of New South Wales.

Brain cancer is currently one the least funded cancers, yet accounts for more than one-third of cancer deaths in children aged under 10 and is the leading cause of cancer death in people aged 39 and younger.