Wake N’ Shake

The Wake ‘N Shake Dance Marathon at Wake Forest University is an annual 12-hour philanthropic event benefiting the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.

Each spring, Wake Forest students stay awake and on their feet for 12-straight 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 and 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.

In 2020, the annual event was held virtually due to the COVID -19 pandemic. Take a look back, here.

If you have questions about how to get involved please contact Wake ‘N Shake directly via email. For questions about making a donation, please contact the Office of Civic & Community Engagement via email or by phone at 336-758-4070.

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Help support the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research fund and make a donation today. Find a specific dancer or team to support, or donate to the overall cause.

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2021 WNS Info

Find more information about this year’s Wake ‘N Shake including dancers, champions, FAQs and more!

Event Information