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. It serves as one of three philanthropic events held each year by Wake Forest students in support of the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research fund. Each fall, teams of of students, faculty, staff, and alumni gather on Hearn Plaza taking turns running and 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, as well as 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.
If you have questions about Hit The Bricks, please contact Brad Shugoll.
2020 Hit The Bricks
The 17th annual Hit the Bricks for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Drive is scheduled for Monday, September 28th through Thursday, October 1st.
Due to COVID-19, this year’s event will vary from the traditional one-day relay race around the upper quad. Instead, an extended week of safe and socially distant events will take place.
Register to run, or make a donation to help support innovative cancer research at Wake Forest Baptist Health on the 2020 event website, below.
“Hit the Bricks is definitely one of the staples of the Wake Forest community. It's an 8-hour event that brings us all together in the spirit of fighting cancer. - Mark Handler ('20)”