The Wake ‘N Shake Dance Marathon at Wake Forest University is an annual 12-hour philanthropy event benefiting the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.
Wake Forest students stay awake and on their feet for the entire 12-hours to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. Dancers participate in a variety of fun activities such as crazy games and competitions, a group line dance and enjoy entertainment by musicians, dance groups and other student and community organizations. Cancer survivors and families/friends of cancer victims inspire dancers by sharing their testimonies throughout the event. Dancers are faced with both mental and physical challenges in an effort to symbolize the obstacles faced by those diagnosed with cancer. The “Eleventh Hour” is highlighted with a student testimony, a group glow stick ceremony, and the finale scoreboard countdown to midnight.
Wake ‘n Shake was started by students in the spring of 2006 with 300 dancers raising over $30,000. On March 18, 2017, the twelfth anniversary of the event, 1,421 dancers raised over $362,647 towards the Piccolo Cancer Research Fund Drive. Go Wake! Beat Cancer!