Phillip 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.
#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.
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!
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.
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.
Thank You To Our Sponsors
Wake ‘N Shake would not be possible without its generous 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.