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Wake ‘N Shake

The Wake ‘N Shake Dance Marathon at Wake Forest University is an annual 12-hour event benefiting the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund Drive. 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. Wake ‘n Shake was started by students in the spring of 2006 with 300 dancers raising over $30,000. In the Spring of 2012 over 1000 dancers raised $105,000 towards the Piccolo Cancer Fund Drive.
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