About Hit The Bricks

The Brian Piccolo Cancer Drive was established by students in 1980 in memory of Brian Piccolo, a great Wake Forest athlete/alum and Chicago Bears football star who died of cancer. For the past 35 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 Fund has raised more than $2,500,000 for the WFU Cancer Center!

Hit the Bricks was started in 2003. Each year, hundreds of students gather on Hearn Plaza and take turns running laps around the Quad. Throughout the day, participants, volunteers, and passersby enjoy fun activities, live music, special guest speakers, and food and gifts from our generous sponsors. The event concludes with a ceremonial remembrance lap and gathering in front of Wait Chapel for a moment of silence in memory of all those who have lost or are fighting the battle against cancer.

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