Wake ‘N Shake 2020

WAKE 'N SHAKE fundraising total
Dare to Discover A Cure
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#WakeNShake2020 Goes Virtual

Wake ‘N Shake Dance Marathon is a longstanding tradition at Wake Forest University that unites students each spring as they dance together for 12 hours in the fight against cancer. This year, due to the unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances we are now facing, Wake ‘N Shake has been reimagined as an interactive, virtual event. On Saturday, April 4 from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. EST, our student Directors, Executive Board, Dancers, and members of the WFU community will come together in the spirit of this year’s theme: Dare to Discover the Cure. 

What makes Wake ‘N Shake so special, is the sense of community and support it brings each Spring. We’re hoping to continue that this year, even though we can’t all be together. We’re asking the Wake Forest community to participate when, and where possible. Follow along on the @wfuwakenshake social channels, including Instagram and Facebook, submit a video of encouragement or yourself dancing either by uploading it here or by using the official hashtag #WakeNShake2020, or make a donation to the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.

Follow along on Spotify at 3 p.m. EST for Music Hour, and 7 p.m. EST for Dance Hour with curated playlists.

Finally, be sure to join at 8 p.m. EST for the Final Hour of dancing, including a live stream of the closing ceremony and the reveal of our fundraising total, as we Dare to Discover A Cure!

Listen to the #WakeNShake2020 Curated Spotify Playlist

#WakeNShake2020 Info

How do I get involved?

I wasn’t a dancer before, but now I want to be a part of #WakeNShake2020, can I still register? Yes! A suggested $20 fee goes directly to the WFU Comprehensive Cancer Center as a donation.

Register to be a Dancer

How do I help?

We suggest making a donation to the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. 100% of your donation goes straight to cancer research.

Make a Donation Today!

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Wake ‘N Shake would not be possible without its generous sponsors.

Wake ‘N Shake Sponsors

Participate in #WakeNShake2020

Wake ‘N Shake will be taking place on Instagram from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. EST on Saturday, April 4. Dancers can participate by posting to their feed or story and by tagging @wfuwakenshake and using the hashtag #WakeNShake2020.

Dancing not really your thing? Leave words of encouragement for our dancers.

The official Instagram of Wake ‘N Shake, @wfuwakenshake, will be sharing content and videos throughout the day. Be sure to check their feed, and follow #WakeNShake2020 for content as it is shared.

WNS 2020 Overall Schedule
9 AM Hour
10 am-wellbeing hour
11 AM Hour
12 PM - Athletics
1 pm-flashback hour
2 PM - Birthday
3 PM Hour
4 PM Hour
5 pm-fundraising
6 pm-hospitality
7 PM Hour
8 PM Hour

Submit A Video for #WakeNShake2020

We are collecting footage ahead of time to help with the unique nature of this event. You can submit a video of yourself dancing, or sharing words of encouragement for dancers that could be featured throughout the day.

Share a Video for #WakeNShake2020

WNS Champions IconChampions

Each year Wake ‘N Shake honors individuals in the community who either have battled or who are currently battling cancer as “Champions”. They inspire dancers with their courage and strength as they speak about their journey with cancer. 

    #WakeNShake2020 Champions

  • Phillip Yurchenko, Team Snake

    Yurchenko,-PhilipPhillip Yurchenko is a senior BEM major from San Francisco, California. He enjoys photography, traveling, and hanging out with friends. Phillip was diagnosed with a metastatic brain tumor his sophomore year of high school. Quickly after the diagnosis, he had both brain and back surgery. Because the cancer had spread from his brain to his spine, the doctors had difficulty removing the tumors, pushing Phillip into a year of weekly chemotherapy (4 weeks on, 2 weeks off). The treatment stopped the tumors from growing but did not shrink them. Now, Phillip returns to have MRIs taken every six months to check on them.

  • Sarah McAuley, Team Sloth

    McAuley,-SarahSarah McAuley is a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and dog lover who was diagnosed with breast cancer nine and a half years ago. A resident of Winston-Salem, McAuley works at an independent school near Wake Forest and tutors high school kids in the evenings. Some of her favorite activities include walking her Puggle, hiking, traveling to the Tetons, and enjoying football games at her daughters’ colleges. 

    In the fall of 2010, after having a clear mammogram 10 days prior, McAuley felt a lump. She rushed to her doctor, received many tests, and finally received confirmation that she was beginning a battle she never dreamt of fighting. After five surgeries, eight rounds of chemotherapy, 33 rounds of radiation, efforts from fabulous doctors and nurses, support from countless friends and family members, and soul-lifting love from her husband and daughters, Sarah won her battle against cancer and was forever changed. The biggest lessons she learned while fighting cancer were to not sweat the small stuff, love your loved ones big, be genuine, and leave your little corner of the world better than you found it.

  • Andy Tuttle, Team Iguana

    Tuttle,-AndyAndy Tuttle is the Director of Students and Family Ministries at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Winston Salem. He and his wife Kim have four children: Tyler (21), Taylor (21), Caleb (18), and Christian (10). He also has two dogs, both black lab mixes, Rascal and Oreo. A University of North Carolina Greensboro Graduate (‘00), Tuttle holds a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. 

    During his time in college, Tuttle felt the call to build the church and not a business. His heart for teens connects to his call to go into ministry. He brings a multitude of experience in youth ministry (over 20 years) and a heart for serving youth, the church, and the community. He has an interest in small group ministry, helping youth feel connected with and integrated into the church, and shares the vision of growing leaders within the church’s youth program. A believer in local missions, Tuttle also strives to serve the local community through partnering with schools, nursing home visits, and service to the homeless.

    Tuttle loves the lake, to travel with friends and family, and play games. He is also a cancer survivor. In May of 2015, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer attacking his brain stem called chondrosarcoma. Tuttle underwent major surgery at Duke hospital removing the tumor. He had a two-month rough road of recovery followed by a sixth nerve palsy and an eye patch. He found himself fully dependent on others to help with the simplest of tasks. He was eventually sent to Mass General Hospital in Boston, Mass., for two months of proton radiation therapy. He returned home to N.C. with clear scans. Tuttle has regular visits with a Wake Forest Baptist Endocrinologist and is still cancer-free.

  • Jim Calhoun, Team Orangutan

    Calhoun,-JimDespite there being no history of the disease in his immediate family, and despite working out every day for more than 50 years, Jim Calhoun has had multiple battles with cancer – prostate, head and neck (squamous cell carcinoma), lung, and stomach. 

    Today he is proud to be cancer-free! 

    In his free time, he likes to spend time with his family, play golf, read books and watch Broadway plays. He has two granddaughters at Wake Forest and has won more than 900 college basketball games.

  • Lisa LaRoque, Team Elephant

    Laroque,-LisaLisa LaRoque was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in June 2018. After her diagnosis, she had a double mastectomy and radiation, followed by hormone therapy. She was declared cancer-free in December 2018 following the completion of 28 rounds of radiation. 

    A resident of Sandy Springs, Ga., LaRoque lives with her husband Kent. Together they have six children: five daughters and one son, along with five granddaughters with their sixth arriving in July. Additionally, they have a new Golden Retriever puppy named Sammy. 

    Today, LaRoque loves to take Zumba, exercise, golf, swim, garden and read. Most importantly, she is in love with Jesus and enjoys leading a guest services team at her church, North Point Community Church.

  • Angel Richards, Team Leopard

    Richards,-AngelBorn in Queens, N.Y., Angel and his three siblings moved to Greensboro with their mother, Shellbe in pursuit of a quieter environment. Shortly after moving, the normally energetic Angel began suffering from fevers, complained of pains in his feet, and there were strange “bumps” on his body, originally thought to be mosquito bites. 

    In October of 2017, doctors at Brenner’s Children’s Hospital diagnosed Angel with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Since then, Angel has completed his treatment and been declared to have no evidence of the disease. Back to his energetic ways, Angel loves to play basketball and follow his favorite stars.

  • EmmaLee Watkins, Team Parrot

    Watkins,-EmmaLeeEmmaLee, nicknamed Emmo, was diagnosed with B-Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on January 17, 2015 at the age of twelve. She lives in Dallas, Ga., and works at Publix while attending East Paulding High School as an eleventh grader. Some of her hobbies include cooking – particularly baking, traveling especially on a cruise, reading, driving, racing – cheering on Chase Elliot, and spending time with friends.