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September 30, 2013

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September 30, 2013

WeSPARK is the warmest most caring charity i have ever seen. They help those who are suffering with cancer and all of their loved ones and caregivers providing free services to all.
I have seen people through the years get the love and support they do not get at the hospital or
clinics.

This is a much needed charity, and I love what they stand for.

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

It would be fantastic if every town had a weSPARK. currently it is in Sherman Oaks

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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?

2013

September 30, 2013

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April 5, 2013

weSPARK is a gift that actor and humanitarian Wendie Jo Sperber gave to the Los Angeles area about 12 years ago. This is a place where cancer "warriors", their family and friends can come to get supp... more

September 30, 2013

I have left many reviews of weSPARK in the past. The only thing that is changing is that we are getting better. We are not only expanding our in house programs, we are expanding to an online venture where weSPARK can reach cancer patients, their friends and family nationally and internationally.

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

do exactly as we are doing.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 5, 2013
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weSPARK is a gift that actor and humanitarian Wendie Jo Sperber gave to the Los Angeles area about 12 years ago. This is a place where cancer "warriors", their family and friends can come to get support, information and a place to talk and be heard at no cost at all. I had colon cancer in 1999 and when weSPARK opened, I took advantage of their services. Sure, friends can give you support and tell you what you want to hear, but at weSPARK I was able to talk with people who were going through what I had gone through (always with a professional leader at the helm of our support group meetings). I don't know what I would have done without weSPARK and their incredibly caring and ever present staff. That is why, as a Board Member, I donate so many hours out of my week and as much money as I can to help keep weSPARK alive and thriving. Sadly, Wendie Jo Sperber is no longer with us, but I pray that weSPARK will be here for many years to come.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 16, 2012

I could never ask anyone for money for myself, but I have no shame approaching anyone who might have some money for weSPARK. I am so proud to be a part of this organization. Cancer is a tough disease and weSPARK gives people who are afflicted, along with their spouses and children, the tools and strength to bravely battle. Did I say that all services are FREE? Well they are!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 28, 2012

I have been a founding member, board member and guest since weSPARK's inception in 2000. As a founding member, I have watched weSPARK grow from a small group of people sitting around our founder Wendie Jo Sperber's dining room table to an organization that helps many people who are battling or supporting warriors against cancer. As a guest, I used the weSPARK facilities as I battled malignant colon cancer. They were literally lifesavers. Asking nothing in return, they gave me the knowledge and hope to get better. And finally, as a board member, I am honored to be able to take part in the day to day fundraising for this incredible organization. It is necessary to so many people in the Los Angeles area. May it last forever or until their is no more cancer in anybody's life.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 30, 2009

I was one of the founding members of Wendie Jo Sperber's dream. Little did I know when weSPARK began that I would become a "guest". In 1999, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. Surgery followed along with 6 months of chemotherapy. In October, I will be cancer free for 10 years. weSPARK has stayed by my side during these last 10 years with constant support. I don't know what I would have done without them, and enjoy working for them in helping others.

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

The staff makes you feel totally at home. The weSPARK experience is filled with love, education and compassion.

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

become national and not just local. The weSPARK Cancer Support Center would be available to all in need across America.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2013

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September 30, 2013

This is a great nonprofit that has many services that cancer patients can take advantage of. Fitness classes, workshops, books and wigs are just a few of the services they offer. There is also a huge area that has flyers with referrals. I actually found a place that was giving out free wigs through here! The people that work there are warm and friendly and all the services are free. It's a great place to go when you have been diagnosed with cancer and need a helping hand.

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

A lot

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

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 30, 2013

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September 30, 2013

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2012. Medically, it was easy to find research and get information and support from doctors. But emotionally, I needed more. I had seen WeSPARK when I had directed in the neighborhood years earlier but never imagined I would need their services. From the beginning, I was treated with grace and dignity. Bonnie Franklin is a wonderful therapist I had worked with before. Tara and all the other facilitators in the in-treatment and post-treatment support groups are gentle, loving people who listen and who understand. WeSPARK gave me -- and still gives me -- a place to go to cry, to rage, to weep, to hurt and to heal. Without them, I don't know how I would have gotten through treatment and the past six months since my treatment ended. It's good to know their doors are open to me as long as I need them there.

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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?

2013

November 12, 2012

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1 previous review
March 28, 2012

weSPARK has made a huge difference in my life in so many ways! The services that I have received there have been life changing. I have participated in the guided imagery group, the writing gro... more

November 12, 2012

I am a participant at weSpark, and it has been a life-changing experience for me. I have received a lot of support through the different facilitators there as well as the participants. The classes, workshops, groups, energy work, and the people there have been wonderful. It's a place like no other. I have also made some very good friends there. We have all been through the cancer challenge in one way or another, and it creates a bond. It is a great place to come for anyone dealing with cancer in their life or the life of a loved one.

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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?

2012

March 28, 2012

weSPARK has made a huge difference in my life in so many ways! The services that I have received there have been life changing. I have participated in the guided imagery group, the writing group, qi gong, energy sessions, many workshops, the power of play...and so many other wonderful classes. I have healed and grown in so many ways that are very much noticed by me and others. I don't know what I would have done at such a difficult time in my life, or who I'd be without weSpark's amazing services. The wonderful people I have met and the friends I have made have also been part of the life changing process at weSpark.

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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?

2012

October 25, 2012

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October 25, 2012

Well!Write about cancer is very hard ,because this disease is a thing that makes me little down...but,we need to see this question with the brain ...first step...the brain is our friend to try understand this great trouble!!!!After put the hands to work...and say to all people that has money,that give help is a wonderfull thing that God put in your hands and you are a person who has the great bless of God!!!You!!God choice you to do a wonderfull work!!!!I dont pray to you give your colaboration ...I tell you,that God gives to you a great opportunity....So ,think....I can do the difference!I am blessed for God....I help someone that needs me!!!!!!!!Go !!!!!!Dr.Ronaldo Brandão Brochado.Physician.From Campos dos Goytacazes -Brasil.To all people in the world that has a great heart and a wonderfull soul!!!!Thanks!!!!

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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?

2012

October 16, 2012

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1 previous review
March 28, 2012

WeSpark provided me with invalable information and support when I needed it most. They welcomed me with open arms from the moment I entered their space. I will always be grateful for their healing s... more

October 16, 2012

Tell your story here and help others understand this charityWespark welcomed me with open arms after my cancer diagnosis in 2004. There I found a place where I could cry, laugh, hurt, heal, and have questions answered. I am and will always be grateful.

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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?

2012

March 28, 2012

WeSpark provided me with invalable information and support when I needed it most. They welcomed me with open arms from the moment I entered their space. I will always be grateful for their healing spirit.

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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?

2011

September 4, 2012

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1 previous review
July 22, 2009

I began Volunteering for weSPARK 10 years ago. It is an amazing organization unlike any other cancer support center. It combines the healing of mind, spirit and body with holistic and creative support... more

September 4, 2012

I have been a volunteer at weSPARK fundraising events for the past 14 years. I am a cancer survivor and am now on the Board of Directors. weSPARK is unique in the fact that we consider holistically the entire family. Not just one member of a family has cancer all of them must live through the experience and the pain. At weSPARK free services that insurance does not pay for is provided to all. The groups are very distinct in the type of cancer or level which you are at. It considers family members that are dealing with a loved one or have lost a loved one. There is no other place as unique as wSPARK. I can emphatically state that weSPARK is a GREAT Non-Profit whose heart is in the right place. I am a much better person for my association as a volunteer and Board of Directors member and I for one am proud of it. weSPARK deserves this recognition as a small community driven entity whose heart is in the right place. I am a much better person for my association as a volunteer.

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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?

2012

July 22, 2009

I began Volunteering for weSPARK 10 years ago. It is an amazing organization unlike any other cancer support center. It combines the healing of mind, spirit and body with holistic and creative support. You find caring persons while proving all the services for FREE in a home like environment. I as a cancer survivor am proud to be associated with this organization.

The Great!

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

I talk to the Guests that spend time at weSPARK while fighting their battle with horrible disease. The positive energy and spirit that it lifts in them is profoundly gratifying and I know that I can make a little bit of a difference in those lives.

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

Spend more money on outreach.

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

The people and the good that it does for guests who need support.

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

People who volunteered and are dediciated and enjoy the experiance.

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

Do much good in a way no other cancer support center provides the services and the way it specializes in bringing groups of persons that have the same needs and dealing with similar conditions. The atmosphere is a living room environment Non-Threatening

Ways to make it better...

More awareness of our free services so we can grow and reach out to others.

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

Program dollars.

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

weSpark is like no other place for free support services.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 31, 2012

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August 31, 2012

WeSPARK helped me tremendously during a time when I was fighting for my life. I appreciate the variety of services they offer, from many support groups, to yoga, qi-gong, tai-chi classes, arts and crafts and one on one sessions with reiki and other healers. Personally I find the one on one experiences help me the most. I also enjoyed the qi-gong and yoga classes. Through all my experiences the staff at WeSPARK were always compassionate, helpful, and giving. I have highly recommended WeSPARK to friends with cancer and their caregivers and will continue do so. WeSPARK deserves to be recognized as a gem in their field and they should be awarded accordingly. Thank you for reading my review.

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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?

2012

August 30, 2012

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August 30, 2012

WeSpark has been a Godsend to me as a caregiver and now as a cancer survivor. It is a place of serenity-- the calm eye of the storm.

When the toll of taking care of my mom reached critical mass, a Kaiser social worker referred me to WeSpark. The biofeedback, counseling sessions,
jewelry making, energy session, and grief support kept me going when I might have given up.

When my Kaiser radiologist coldly informed me of my diagnosis over the phone 1-20-11, and then hung up, in this time of shock, then fear, I again called WeSpark. I got the compassionate support I needed from WeSpark’s Bonnie Franklin, M.S. M.F. T. She even followed up a week later to see that I was okay. I have not been able to get there in recent months due to health concerns and distance. Yet, just knowing WeSpark is there has been a blessing.

Suggestions: Bring back Marilyn who taught biofeedback. Have someone post the times of groups or classes on-line.

Thank you, WeSpark.

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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?

2012

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