Charity: Dharma Initiative

August Dharma Initiative: Wannabe Cancer Free

About Wannabe Cancer Free:

Wannabe Cancer FreeWannabe Cancer Free is a nationwide, 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to increase awareness of–and generate support for–the fight against cancer through the promotion of a healthy, athletic lifestyle.  Primarily focused on Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, the organization was founded in 2008.

What is Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma

Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is an uncommon form of malignant neoplasm that arises within secretory glands, most commonly the major and minor salivary glands of the head and neck. Other sites of origin include the trachea, lacrimal gland, breast, skin, and vulva. This neoplasm is defined by its distinctive histologic appearance.

Why it’s personal to Y2                                                                                                 

One of our special yoginis, Dominique Black, got involved because  of a very special friend of hers, Gerald Babao, was diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma in 2008. This diagnosis prompted him to engage in a more active, healthy lifestyle. Gerald’s first foray into sports found him raising money to participate in the Livestrong Challenge, a 100-mile bike ride to support cancer-fighters and survivors. In love with cycling, Gerald decided to push the envelope and pursue triathlons; it was at this point that she met Gerald, a determined and talented athlete. Their friendship grew, and Gerald confided his diagnosis and bleak prognosis. Ever the optimist, Gerald channeled his efforts into supporting others with this terrible cancer and founded Wannabe Cancer Free. Little support or knowledge exists for ACC, and it is Gerald’s (and the entire team’s at Wannabe Cancer Free) goal to bring ACC into the spotlight and increase support for those battling this rare head and neck cancer.


Join us each Sunday at 5:15 pm  for a donation-based Y2 Remix class. All proceeds will benefit Wannabe Cancer Free!

About Y2 Yoga’s Dharma Initiative

Each month we select a different charity to benefit from donations collected during our Dharma class, which is held each Sunday at 5:15pm.