weSPARK Cancer Support Center

Rating: 4.95 stars   487 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Human Services, Cancer

Location: 13520 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks CA 91423 USA

Mission: weSPARK is a special place dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients, their families and friends. weSPARK provides free of charge, a center where one can join with others to share their experience, strength, and hope. weSpark offers multiple services designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those lives that have been affected by cancer.
Target demographics: cancer patients and their loved ones
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley
Programs: free support groups and a host of other therapeutic and holistic programs. These programs are designed to alleviate fear, anxiety, depression, isolation, and evoke feelings of relaxation and well-being.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 95-4785462
818-906-3022
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Rating: 5 stars  

WeSpark was a wonderful, nurturing place for me after chemotherapy. I attended their group sessions with a fabulous group leader and many supportive people. I learned a lot from those meetings that helped me move on from my cancer treatments. The support of the center helped me get through difficult times.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to Los Angeles from Hawaii for cancer treatment, and in doing so, left my family and friends support network. Through the remarkable acupunturist I found (a breast cancer survivor) who works with weSPARK, I was able to find a place of unconditional support, care and valuable educational information that helped me get through treatment and being alone in LA. I attended a lecture at weSPARK on what and how to eat during chemo, by a nutritional oncologist, which I am 100% convinced helped mitigate the severity of the side effects. I have passed on the knowledge I learned at weSPARK to other's with cancer, as well as the compassionate care and support I learned and was provided, by weSPARK. WeSPARK is the most deserving and inspiring organization that I have encountered during my journey through cancer. I am forever grateful to everyone connected with weSPARK.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NOTHING!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

I couldn't have gotten through my treatment without the help of wespark.
They were kind, compassionate, caring and supportive.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Words cannot express my respect and gratitude for the love and caring that was shown to me in my time of need.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have taught yoga classes at WeSPARK since 2004. I have seen WeSPARK change countless lives with its broad array of services, which are completely free of charge to cancer patients, their families, and their caregivers. WeSPARK Is a welcoming place full of love and compassion. The staff cares deeply about its members, and the camaraderie between guests is remarkable.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

weSPARK provides a warm, welcoming, nourishing, supportive environment to anyone dealing with cancer including family and friends. An enormous array of services are available at no cost.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved w/weSPARK for about 8 years -- originally taking advantage of the incredibly supportive services offered through this organization. The people that work here are extremely dedicated and committed to continuing the goals of Wendie Jo Sperber, the founder of weSPARK. I am now a volunteer and am gratified by being able to contribute in a "pay it forward" way. The activities offered here at no cost to the "guests" are physically, psychicly and emotionally advantageous to cancer survivors (including those continuing in treatment and post treatment) and and their families and friends. The atmosphere is supportive and upbeat yet recognizing and serving the needs of individuals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a cancer survivor I have been able to take advantage of many of the services offered.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Like to have a larger space and more parking, but recognize that there are often financial limitations as well as convenience of location to meet the needs of an unfortunately growing population.

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7 people found this review helpful

I am a cancer survivor that was lucky enough to find this terrific organization. Initially I was in support groups, took advantage of many of the ongoing classes offered, and made numerous friends. This is a most caring organization dedicated to making the lives of cancer related patients, their friends and families realize they are not alone and will provide whatever help they can. I now volunteer when needed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the happiness it brings to all people involved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get more people involved and contributing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its ability to recognize the needs of people affected by cancer.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring and concerned.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change thelives of millions of people for the better.

Ways to make it better...

the founder had not passed away.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding the funds to continue its services.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I've said enough!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

After 7 years working for weSPARK, I am still in awe of the broad array of FREE services we offer. This is such a sanctuary for all those touched by cancer. I meet people as they arrive and often see the relief in their eyes that they have found people who care about them and will help them through their journey.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand services to more locations so that more people could benefit from our services.

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a staff member at weSPARK, I hear from guests time and again about how our mind/body/spirit-driven services have helped them through what may be the worst thing they, and their families, will ever face. At weSPARK we help the whole family -- the patient and all of their loved ones who are dealing with their cancer journey. It's remarkable to see how our help can soothe a family in crisis and sustain them through this process. Beautiful, really.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

When you enter the building, all around you is love. weSPARK provides loving support to all our guests. As someone who works here, I receive thanks everyday from guests who say that weSPARK has been one of the most valuable parts of making it through their cancer journey.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a staff member, I have been able to participate in some of the adjunct offerings, in particular the energy work. It is calming and soothing and I know that our guests who participate in it feel these benefits.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None!

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

As a local therapist, I am so grateful to wespark for the services they provide to my clients with cancer. I know that if I refer someone, they will be well taken care of and receive so many benefits from weSPARK's support groups and other offerings.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the clients I refer are helped immeasurably by the myriad services at weSPARK. They help mind, body and spirit.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Loving and kind. Very welcoming.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough great things about WeSpark.

When my mom, my favorite person in the world, was diagnosed with pancreatic and bile duct cancer, I was beside myself with anxiety, worry, and pain.

I was out of work and spending all my $$ on rent and other life expenses but I learned that WeSpark was a non-profit and I would not have to pay for much needed services.
They have yoga, reiki healing therapy, hypnotherapy, and various support groups.
They have regular counseling with Bonnie Franklin (an excellent therapist) to talk out all ones' anxiety, worry, and pain.

I thank We Spark from the bottom of my heart and urge anyone getting a diagnosis of cancer or those who have a close family member with cancer to check them out.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing. They do everything right!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

weSPARK is such an awesome organization, I don't even know where to begin.

In Nov 2012, my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I was riddled with anxiety about losing the most important person in my life who lived back east. I started searching online for help with how to deal with this horrific disease.
I met with Bonnie Franklin who is a wonderfully caring counselor and also the intake coordinator for the center.
My mom was given 9 months to a year to live...she didn't even make it 8 weeks. My family was devastated.
After her death I began attending weSPARK bereavement group. Although I do not attend weekly, I go whenever I can.
Prior to my mom's passing, I also took yoga at the center. I still go when the sessions work out with my schedule.

I highly recommend this incredibly wonderful organization for anyone who has cancer and for those associated with someone close to them who has this insidious disease.
They offer reiki, hypnotherapy, yoga, and SO much more. Equally important is the ability to meet others who share what you are going through. WeSPARK...THANK YOU!
Allison P

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NOT MAKE ANY CHANGES. THIS ORGANIZATION DOES EVERYTHING.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I first entered the weSPARK offices, accompanied by my daughter, I was frightened at my diagnosis of cancer and determined to do something about coping with it. The people there were understanding, kind, and knowledgeable about my situation and suggested I join a small group comprised of people with the same condition. It was exactly what I needed at that time, a place to voice my fears and to hear the problems of fellow sufferers. They suggested I take advantage of the free services of an acupuncturist.
That helped tremendously. I attended workshops that also gave me tools to work with. All services are free, including the care and concern and friendliness of the staff. weSPARK gives its clients hope. It is an organization that is unique and one that I recommend to anyone who is dealing with cancer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No suggestions that I can address. The parking lot is way too small, but that is not under their control.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I know of no other charity that provides the kind of amazing services that weSpark offers to not only cancer patients, but also their family and friends. Theey have mad a huge difference in my life and i will always be grateful.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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