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Advisory: Wake Forest students to hit the bricks, raise funds for Piccolo Cancer Fund drive

September 28, 2009

Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff will compete in an eight-hour relay race around Hearn Plaza starting at 11 a.m. Oct. 1, as teams of 10 to 15 participants compete to raise both money and awareness for the fight against cancer. 

The annual “Hit the Bricks” event will raise donations for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund, which supports the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.  “Hit the Bricks” is the official launch of a series of events and activities this year for the fund.

Wake Forest Provost Jill Tiefenthaler will serve as the grand marshal.  Wake Forest athletes and special guests will participate with teams throughout the day.  The event is sponsored by the Student Piccolo Committee and the Wake Forest University Stores.

The teams will compete in an all-day relay race to complete the most laps on the plaza’s brick-covered sidewalk and raise the most money for the cancer fund.  At 7 p.m., participants will take a final remembrance lap for cancer victims and survivors, concluding with a luminary ceremony in front of Reynolda Hall.

The Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund was established by students in 1980 in memory of Piccolo, who died of cancer while he was a member of the Chicago Bears football team.  Piccolo had been a student-athlete at Wake Forest in the 1960s.  The fund has raised $1 million for the Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The cancer fund has a Web site at

Press Contacts:

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

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