Glenn Brown Memorial Grant - Institute for Respiratory Health

Glenn Brown Memorial Grant

The Melbourne Cup Lunch is held every year in memory of Glenn Brown, a Kalgoorlie schoolboy, who at just 15 years of age, lost his fight against cystic fibrosis (CF). This entertaining fundraiser event has helped to raise over $410,000 for life-saving research.


Glenn Brown (right) with his brother

Help keep Glenn’s memory alive by donating toward the Glenn Brown Memorial Grant. 100% of the funds raised are used to support research into the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cystic fibrosis. Thanks to the generosity of guests at the Melbourne Cup Lunch, volunteers and local businesses, the Glenn Brown Memorial Grant has continued to support research into the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis.


Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs and digestive system. The exocrine system of people with cystic fibrosis malfunctions, meaning they develop excessively thick and sticky mucus within the lungs, airways and digestive system. This weakens the digestive functions of the pancreas and traps bacteria in the lungs resulting in recurrent infections, leading to irreversible damage to these organs. A baby is born every four days with cystic fibrosis and sadly, there is currently no cure.


Glenn Brown was an avid Eagles fan

The Glenn Brown Memorial Grant was established in 2011, in honour of Glenn Brown, a 15-year-old schoolboy from Kalgoorlie who passed away from cystic fibrosis.

During his time in the hospital, Glenn met Janeine and Alison, who are both mothers of children with cystic fibrosis. Glenn had told them that he wasn’t ready to die and was scared of being forgotten.

When Glenn passed away, Janeine and Alison wanted to keep his memory alive. In 2011, they created the Glenn Brown Memorial Grant in collaboration with the Institute for Respiratory Health.

Since 2011 a $50K grant has been made available to researchers to investigate the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis.