In 2011, for the first time in Wake ‘N Shake history, we added a “Team Champion” to each team. The Team Champion is an individual who has fought or is currently fighting cancer. At the event, they inspire dancers with their courage and strength as they speak about their battles with cancer. This page contains the list of the champions for Wake 'N Shake 2017.Click here to see more champions from years past!
Cindy Ferguson currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband John. She is the mother of two daughters - Elizabeth, who is currently a sophomore at Wake, and Emily, who is a junior at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta. Cindy was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer a year ago and still continues her fight. She has a passion for volunteering and serving others, and she serves on boards for The National Charity League, as well as for her church and her daughters' schools in Atlanta. Her favorite singer is George Strait, or really just about anything country, and one fun fact about Cindy is that she used to date Dean Cain, who then dumped her for Brooke Shields. Cindy is so excited to participate in Wake N Shake and can't wait to help raise money for an organization that is so dear to her heart.
Sandie Lewis was born and raised in the Motor City “Detroit, MI”. She relocated to the beautiful Winston-Salem in 2013. She is the youngest and the only girl of her family. Sandie spends her free time roller skating, shopping, and hanging out with her Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Sisters. She is a fan of New Edition and Beyoncé. A few months after Sandie’s relocation to Winston by herself, she felt a lump in her breasts. She had felt one before and it turned out to be benign. When she felt another, she wasn’t too concerned. When her doctor felt the lump during a routine check-up and knew something wasn’t right. She was concerned and insisted that she get a diagnostic ultrasound. Well, when she received the results that she indeed had cancer, she was in total shock. Being in Winston alone and not knowing what to do, she went into fight mode. She knew she wasn’t going to let this get her down. She was then scheduled for a lumpectomy and 36 rounds of radiation and she is happy to report she has been cancer free for almost 4 years. She want to share her story that even alone you can fight and win. If she can share her story to give courage to one person to let them know you can beat this and you must fight, that would make her day. This was a wake-up call for her. When something feels strange, don’t hesitate to get it checked out. It’s been almost 4 years since her surgery and she has never in my life felt better. Her mission is to spread knowledge about this disease and help raise monies to find a cure.
Omer Tomlinson graduated from California State University. He lives with his wife, Michelle, and his daughter, Alisha, is a Double Deac receiving both an undergraduate and masters degree from Wake Forest University. He has three beautiful grandchildren. Omer was an English and speech teacher at Anaheim Union High School District, and then had a long career in radio as a former DJ. He now works in TV advertising. Omer was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer this past December. He is currently undergoing Chemotherapy at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital with encouraging results!
Robin Bralley grew up in Clemmons and has called it home all her life. She has a degree from High Point University. She and her husband, Tim, have been married for 28 years and share two grown daughters, Briana and Morgan, as well as a new son-in-law, Briana’s husband, Jonathan! Robin started her journey this past November with a mammogram. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. She believes that cancer has a way of making you see life in a much different way. Every moment, even the little things are so much sweeter. Things you took for granted are now meaningful, and the things you thought were so important aren’t such a big deal after all. Robin and her family are avid Carolina Panthers fans and enjoy going to the movies and summer concerts. She loves the beach and especially her annual family vacations on the gulf coast of Florida. Her favorite group is Casting Crowns, but she is also an avid fan of country music! She is also an active member of Sunrise United Methodist Church and volunteers for bimonthly bread pick-up to support the Clemmons Food Pantry.
Jennah Morris lives in Todd, NC which is right outside of Boone. She is currently working as a bank teller at Wells Fargo. She was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumor December 23rd, 2015, had her surgery December 30th, 2015, and was at Baptist until March 7th, 2016, where she underwent 6 weeks of radiation therapy. She also was at the sticht center undergoing physical, occupational, recreational, and speech therapy. Jennah is a Carolina Panthers fan and a Tennessee Vols fan by blood! What got her through that tough time in her life was Jesus, her wonderful family, friends, and the prayers from all around the world. She looks forward to inspiring others to be positive in their journeys!
Mike Lambros is married to his wife, Sharon, for 38 years and together they have a son, Joshua. Mike has coached 38 seasons at North Davidson. He has coached football, wrestling, and softball. He has received the conference Coach of the Year award 28 times during his career and has coached 16 high school All Americans, 28 All South Region, All State and 205 All Conference players. In 2012, he was inducted into the Davidson County Sports Hall of Fame, inducted into the North Carolina FastPitch Coaches Association in 2013, and received the Long Leaf Pine Award in 2016. This past August, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is going through chemo treatments at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Larry Jordan currently lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his wife Diane. His hobbies including fishing and watching sports. He especially loves Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Dallas Cowboys!. He was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the lung in October of 2014. Thanks to the support of Take the Fight as well as his doctors and wife, he has been able to handle his diagnosis and treatment. He thanks God that he is still in remission today.
Kathryn Gantt is from Statesville, NC. On Christmas Day, her husband noticed a lump over the top of her right breast and asked, "What is that?” Following an appointment with her doctor, she immediately went for a mammogram that determined she had a rare form of cancer called myeloid sarcoma; she was one of six with such a diagnosis. With God's strength, her husband’s unwavering support, and countless prayers, Kathryn finished her course of treatment at the end of the year. In looking to foster renewed happiness in her life, Kathryn began breeding Broodmare horses with the help of her cousin Steve. They now have three broodmares and greatly enjoy every aspect of the “horse-life.” Aside from caring for her horses, Shannon enjoys listening to the opera singer Andre Bocelli, even attending one of his concerts in Ft. Lauderdale.