Hit the Bricks

Hit the Bricks

Hit the Bricks was started by Wake Forest University students in 2003 as a campus-wide philanthropy program to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for cancer. Each year, teams of of students, faculty, staff, and alumni gather on Hearn Plaza taking turns running/walking laps around the Quad to show their solidarity as Wake Nation in the fight against cancer. Throughout the day, participants, volunteers, and spectators enjoy fun activities, live music, special guest speakers, and food and gifts from our generous sponsors. The event concludes with a ceremonial remembrance lap before participants gather in front of Wait Chapel for a moment of silence to honor all those who have lost their lives to, or are fighting the battle against, cancer. During the 2017 event, 1,200 students, faculty, and staff participants, representing 112 teams, came out in full force to run and walk laps in order to raise an impressive total of $80,606 for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.

The Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund Drive was established by students in 1980 in memory of Brian Piccolo, a great Wake Forest athlete/alum and Chicago Bears football star who lost his fight against cancer. For the past 37 years, Wake Forest students, alumni, and friends have planned and participated in various events to raise funds for cancer research at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. The student led “Piccolo”Cancer Fund Drive has raised more than $2.8 million dollars for the WFU Cancer Center!

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Brad Shugoll (shugolbd@nullwfu.edu)