Media Advisory: More than 1,000 students expected for Wake ‘N Shake dance marathon

Wake Forest University students will host the 8th Annual Wake ‘N Shake dance marathon on Saturday, March 23 from noon to midnight in Reynolds Gym on the Reynolda Campus.

More than 1,000 students are expected to participate in the twelve-hour marathon with a goal of raising $130,000 for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. Wake N’ Shake, the University’s largest student-run philanthropy event, will be live-streamed at

During the event, both student and professional dancers will perform and six “Team Champion” speakers will share their stories of fighting cancer.

“This will be our third year hearing from Team Champions at the event, and it is always a moving part of the day,” said junior Lucas Swenson, one of the co-chairs for the event. “Hearing from them reminds us of what we are all there for.”

Students started the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund in 1980 in memory of the Wake Forest All-American football player, who passed away at age 26 from cancer during his career with the Chicago Bears. In the 33 years since it began, the fund has raised more than $1 million for cancer research.


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