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WFU dance marathon aims for the million dollar mark in support for cancer research fund

March 23, 2009

Wake Forest University students will stay on their feet from noon to midnight on April 4 during the annual Wake ‘N Shake dance marathon to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer.  Students can dance or play basketball, dodge ball and videogames, but they must stay on their feet for the entire 12-hour event held in Reynolds Gym.

“Every single student knows someone who has been affected by cancer,” says senior Caleigh Jooste of Villanova, Pa., co-chair of this year’s event.  “While I personally dance for twelve hours in memory of two grandmothers and an aunt, I am also dancing for our future.  The money we raise at Wake ‘N Shake goes directly to the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where they are making huge strides in research and development to help prevent and battle cancer.”  Jooste has been involved with Wake ‘N Shake since her freshman year. 

Wake ‘N Shake is the annual dance marathon at Wake Forest benefiting the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund.  Wake ‘N Shake was started by students in the spring of 2006 with 300 dancers raising more than $48,000.  Now in its fourth year, the event has raised more than $90,000 and has grown into a Wake Forest tradition.  This year’s goal is to have 500 dancers raise $33,000 and take the fund over the $1 million mark.  Additional information about Wake ‘N Shake is available online at

The Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund was founded in 1980 in honor of Wake Forest graduate and Chicago Bears football star Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer.  After 28 years of annual fundraisers, Wake Forest students have raised more than $967,000 to benefit cancer research. 

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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