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Glenn Brown

Tribute to Glenn Brown

Glenn Brown, a Kalgoorlie schoolboy, who at just 15 years of age, lost his fight against cystic fibrosis.

Glenn loved music, singing, Hawaiian shirts, Holden cars and the Eagles. He was a funny, mischievous country kid who was always singing, playing pranks (like hiding in the cupboard from the physio’s) and meeting friends as he wandered around the hospital.

Each year a Melbourne Cup Lunch is held in memory of Glenn. This entertaining fundraiser event has helped to raise over $519,000 for life-saving research.


In the weeks before he passed away Glenn said he didn’t want to die, he wasn’t ready and he was worried he would be forgotten. Sadly he passed away at PMH at only 15 years of age due to cystic fibrosis.

During his time in the hospital, Glenn met Janeine and Alison, who are both mothers of children with cystic fibrosis.

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.

Eight weeks later the first Melbourne Cup Lunch was held in Glenn’s memory and in 2011 the Glenn Brown Memorial Research Fund was established.

Since then the fund has supported nine research projects and has made a significant contribution to investigating the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis.


Help keep Glenn’s memory alive by donating to the Glenn Brown Memorial Fund. 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 Fund 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.