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Wake Forest community to Hit the Bricks Sept. 26

Hit the Bricks 2018

Hundreds of Wake Forest students, faculty and staff will run and walk laps around Hearn Plaza on Sept. 26 for “Hit the Bricks,” an annual event.  It will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The event is, essentially, a relay race to raise money for cancer research in honor of the late Brian Piccolo, who rose to prominence as a Wake Forest and Chicago Bears football player before dying of cancer as a young man. A final remembrance lap for cancer victims and survivors will be followed by a ceremony in front of Wait Chapel.

Individuals and teams participate in the lengthy event, which includes fun activities, live music and special guest speakers.

All proceeds benefit the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund, which provides funding to the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

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Wake Forest community runs together at Hit the Bricks on Hearn Plaza

Members of the Wake Forest community run laps around Hearn Plaza in the annual Hit the Bricks

Hundreds of Wake Forest students, faculty and staff will run laps around Hearn Plaza on Oct. 4 for ‘Hit the Bricks.’ The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The eight-hour relay race raises money for cancer research in honor of Brian Piccolo. A final remembrance lap for cancer victims and survivors will be followed by a luminary ceremony in front of Wait Chapel.

Both individuals and teams participate, and the race includes friendly fundraising competition. Hit the Bricks brings Wake Foresters together for a cause that has long been important to the community.

In 2003 students held the first annual Hit the Bricks relay race, raising $3,000. In its 15-year history, participants have run 279,917 laps and raised $404,843. Hit the Bricks and other student-led events have raised a total of more than $3 million for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.

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Faculty, staff "Hit the Bricks" for cancer

Rachel Weaver walks at Hit the Bricks in support of Chip Patterson.

Rachel Weaver (’93), associate director of donor experience, “Hits the Bricks” to support Patterson.

Faculty and staff helped the Wake Forest community “Hit the Bricks” by joining students and community partners to complete more than 24,500 laps around Hearn Plaza, and to raise at least $30,000 for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.

Three teams from Alumni Hall ran in support of Chip Patterson’s fight against glioblastoma. Patterson (’72, MALS ’02) is the vice president of gift planning with University Advancement.

A bake sale is also taking place in Alumni Hall’s lobby today. All proceeds will be donated to the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.

Overall, 24 faculty and staff teams participated this year. Click to view a photo gallery »

The top five teams in the faculty / staff division were:

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Faculty, staff hit the bricks

Bill Kane listens to some helpful hints from the Deacon.

Bill Kane listens to some helpful hints from the Deacon.

Faculty and staff helped the Wake Forest community “Hit the Bricks” hard this year, joining with students to run nearly 23,000 laps around Hearn Plaza and to raise close to $30,000 for cancer research and the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund.

Overall, 17 faculty and staff teams participated this year. Click to view a photo gallery »

The top five teams in the faculty/staff division were:

  1. Crusaders (504 laps): Charlene Buckley, James Buckley, Kevin Cox, Ryan Scholl, Brett Eaton, Sean Daly, Rob McNamara, Phil May, Michael Shuman, James Torrible
  2. The Committee (Undergraduate Admissions, 417 laps): Dawn Calhoun, Paul Gauthier, Frank Brown, Lori Pilon, Brett Kaiser, Victoria Hill, Jennie Harris, Megan Massey, Ethan Groce
  3. Alumni Haul (Undergraduate Advancement, 378 laps): Paul Wingate, Mark Anderson, Mike Haggas, Stuart Tucker, Sarah Boerkircher, Megan Donovan, Pamela Bunten, Liz White, Curtis Bloomer, Sandy Saulpaugh
  4. Chemistry Department (378 laps): Megan Rudock, Rebecca Alexander, Mark Welker, David Wren, Amanda Jones, Kathryn Riley, Craig Clodfelter, Sarah Bergman, Lindsay Macnamara, Justin Piedad
  5. ZSR Library (290 laps): Barry Davis (captain), Susan Smith, Rebecca Petersen, Joy Gambill, Peter Romanov, Patrick Ferrell, Craig Fansler, Bill Kane, Chelcie Rowell, Lauren Suffoletto, Rosalind Tedford, Tanya Zanish-Belcher (for more from ZSR, see their blog, Flickr)

“Hit the Bricks” is part of a series of student-run events and activities to honor the former Chicago Bears running back, Brian Piccolo, who attended Wake Forest in the 1960s. The 1971 film, “Brian’s Song,” was based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers he is dying of cancer at the age of 26.

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Faculty, staff hit the bricks

Staffers Carol Benford and Anita Hughes hit the bricks.

Staffers Carol Benford and Anita Hughes hit the bricks. Click the photo to see a gallery from the event.

Faculty and staff helped the Wake Forest community “Hit the Bricks” hard this year, joining with students to run 25,396 laps around Hearn Plaza and to raise close to $30,000 for cancer research and the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund.

Overall, more than 950 students, faculty and staff participated. Click to view a photo gallery »

The top five teams in the faculty/staff division were:

  1. Crusaders: Charlene Buckley, Kevin Cox, Ryan Scholl, T.J. Peele, Sean Daly, Keaton Lee, Phil May, James Buckley, Kevin M. Smith, Rachel Cook
  2. Provost Elite: Susan Edwards, Angela Masarise, Lori Messer, Deborah Snyder, John Champlin, Andrea Ellis, Tomma Gustafero, Melissa Clodfelter, Pam Moser, Brenda Knox
  3. Center for International Studies: Jessica Francis, Steve Duke, Mike Tyson, David Taylor, Vini Sharma, Andrew Smith, Sandra McMullen, Elizabeth Miller
  4. ZSR Library: Susan Smith, Rebecca Petersen, Mary Beth Lock, Joy Gambill, Hu Womack, Peter Romanov, Travis Manning, Patrick Ferrell, Craig Fansler, Derrik Hiatt
  5. Residence Life & Housing: Ashley Jones, Andrew Imboden, Frank Shelton, Matt Clifford, Greg Moreau, Lisa Harris, Denise Willard, Donna McGalliard, Stephanie Ganser, Heath Greene

“Hit the Bricks” is part of a series of student-run events and activities to honor the former Chicago Bears running back, Brian Piccolo, who attended Wake Forest in the 1960s. The 1971 film, “Brian’s Song,” was based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers he is dying of cancer at the age of 26.

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