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July 30, 2009

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July 30, 2009

I am a multiple cancer patient diagnosed with both brest cancer and CLL. The many no charge activities at the WeSpark center in Sherman Oaks has help me get thru many difficult days. I particulary enjoy the Tai Chi Class which has improve my body and mind, I look and feel younger and healthier. Thank you. Kathy.

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What I have enjoyed the most about my experience with the nonprofit organization is they ask for no money.

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My experience would have been better if the facilities were closer to my home.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I also had a tumor in my brain, and throughtout all this weSpark has been the best therapy I could have had to recover from all this. There are many cancer patients and survivors who cannot afford classes and, for me, taking taichi has been a life saver. I love weSpark and I love what they do for people who desperately need help with the emotional and psychological aspect of the illness. Taichi has helped me achieve the inner peace that I needed so badly. I hope we weSpark is around for as long as cancer patients and survivors need it. Thanks to the lady that so wholeheartly runs this institution and also thanks to their staff.

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I have and I am presently experiencing the way it affects me and the people around me. I live alone, but when I come to weSpark, I am not alone anymore. I love the taichi classes and so do my friends who get so much peace and comfort from it.

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I can't comment about this because I do not know exactly how they run. I can only say that my experience with them is very positive. What I can comment on is the fact that this institution has given me and the people I know a lot of peace and happiness.

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

Going to taichi classes and meetings all the marvelous people that go there. If weSpark was not there for me, it would totally change my life in a negative way. WeSpark is an oasis in a world full of trouble and uncertainty.

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

The staff and volunteers are great people especially the lady running the place. When you walk into a place and people are warm and smile at you, you feel very welcome

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

If they had this kind of money, they could help so many more people in so many different ways. People are the driving force behind institutions and if they feel so strongly about something, they can achieve great things. Hopefully,

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My experience has been great at weSpark. I would like to emphasize that the lady that runs the place is an inspiration because of her sweet and gentle disposition - always smiling on her face and ready to give you a hug.

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With a greater amount of funds, weSpark could do great things. All the classes they have there are inspirational - just what people who have gone through a lot need. I hope there is a way they can achieve their goals.

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I just hope the best for weSpark not only for me but for the many cancer patients and survivors, some of them with just a short amount of time left to live, who thrive in the goodness that this place hands out to each one of us in so many different ways.

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July 30, 2009

My friend has received so much support and services during her recovery from cancer such as contacs and tai chi classes. i think that center is the best thing that can happen to a cancer patient when it regards to support and eccovery.

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

Cancer patients.

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

Opoen it to seniors that need to keep up their health at a reduced rate

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

Their classes.

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

Kind and supportive

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

Improve their facility and increase services

Ways to make it better...

Other than offer more programs and improve their center, I could not think of anything they could do to improve.

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

Funds and need of volunteers.

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

Thanks you Respark

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 30, 2009

I recommend weSPARK's support services to all persons affected by cancer. The staff is extremely supportive and the environment welcoming and warm.

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

it could expand nationally and helps thousands and thousands of people affected by cancer.

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July 30, 2009

I've been a volunteer for 4 years now. I originally got involved with the non-profit through the company that I worked for when weSpark came by looking for some volunteers. After finding out what they did for cancer patients and their families I instantly felt great respect for these people and their cause. I lost my Grandfather years ago to cancer and I felt like it didn't allow me to meet the man I feel like I'm most like. weSpark allows people like me to learn to cope with the fight against cancer, even if it isn't always a winning battle.

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

the gold tournament that brings everyone together for this great cause; the love and support everyone brings to the event even if they're not directly affected, they still help.

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2009

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July 30, 2009

I contacted and became involved with Wespark shortly after being diagnosed with cancer of the right tonsil in January, 2009. In a few days I had undergone, or rather begun, a transformation in my self-perception. I had seen myself as a healthy and physically fit man. Suddenly, I became a man with an aggressive tumor, faced, as was my family, with intensive treatment. When I contacted Wespark, the Program Director, in response to my statement that I needed to talk to people who really understood cancer and treatment beyond being supportive said, "We do speak a different language here." Wespark has provided me with exactly the level of understanding and caring I have needed. Wespark is small, community-based, intimate and emotionally accessible. I have learned many things there and felt much love and humanity through its' groups and workshops. Now that I am "post-treatment," I see Wespark as a place where I can continue to get understanding, and where I can be of service to others.

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

In the loyalty and consistency of involvement of its many clients.

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

I know nothing about the organizational matters of Wespark, at the moment. I am at the receiving end of services. From this perspective, there is nothing I would change.

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

The warmth and professionalism of the staff and volunteers.

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

Note my comment above.

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

Open more small, intimate facilities in more locations.

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My experience cannot have been better. And I know what to look for. As a psychotherapist I've run outpatient programs and led groups for over 30 years!

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

Continuing an effective level of funding in difficult financial times.

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

Wespark has been there to help me through the greatest crisis in my life!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 30, 2009

I am relatively new to WeSPARK, but not too new to rave about the organization!! The caring staff and the wonderful services they provide are amazing! From early in the A.M through the evening, there are individual and group actvities...to name a few: yoga [all kinds], tai chi, and creative writing, stretching and jewelry making classes, individual qi gong, reiki, guided meditation and energy healing sessions available to survivors and their families at no cost. The center has a homey, comfortable atmosphere, where a basket of fresh fruit is available. Initially, i was hesitant to go to the center, but because i had heard so many people i respected in the cancer community recommend it, i dragged myself there, protesting all the way. fortunately, the center is close to home, and before i could turn around, i found myself in the lobby, awaiting my intake interview. the woman i met with was compassionate, welcoming and "normalized" my experiences. She explained what the center offered and how it came to be--all very impressive! The staff at the "front desk" are kind, considerate, thoughtful and ALWAYS make me feel welcome. They will call and advise if a cancellation has created an opportunity for me to have a session that has become available! how's that for "personal" service?!! This organization is founded on the basic principles of providing help in all sizes and shapes. There is a lovely outdoor area where one can relax, and an inviting kitchen completely stocked w/ goodies which one is encourage to partake. To date i have only had the 1:1, individual services. i would rate each and every one OUTSTANDING!!!!! i have entered the center more often than not drained and exhausted from the ravages of chemotherapy. i have consistently left feeling not so alone, and always rejuvenated by the experience of the staff and the setting. It is my pleasure to give this center AN EXCELLENT rating, and i encourage any and all to make use of their many varied services.

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staff and activities

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everything

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

OUTSTANDING

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

REAch more people!!!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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July 29, 2009

If you're a cancer patient or a caregiver, weSPARK is the place for you. All of your needs can be met - physical and emotional. There is yoga and Tai Chi. There are numerous meditation classes, and creativity is seen to through creative writing, jewelry making, collage making, even drumming circles. It's wonderful to be busy, but the main point is that you'll find many people that lift your spirits and to share ideas with. It's hot!

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

befriending many others who mirror and share my experiences.

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

greatly publicize itself in order to maximize its potential.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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July 29, 2009

I have been priveledged to be part of weSPARK since the very beginning. Wendie Jo, our beloved founder was a dear friend of mine. Since our doors opened in March of 2001 I have enjoyed being part of creating this most loving, nurturing and healing center. In a warm homelike environment families and individuals can find an oasis during a challenging and frighteneing time in their lives. On a daily basis I see people benifiting from the healing services and rebuilding their bodies and lives. I hear laughter and tears coming from the rooms as our guests share their stories with each other. I am trully the luckiest person in the world to work in this loving evironment.

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

On a daily basis.

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

Maintain the homelike setting and stay true to the mission.

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

The people I've met and the relationships I've formed.

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

Compassionate and caring.

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

Find a permanent home and outreach to new places to help more people.

Ways to make it better...

Parking could be better.

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

Parking and funding for growth.

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

Supports group are an important part of what we offer but the wide variety of creative porgramming is unparelled. The programs are designed to heal the body, mind and spirit.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 29, 2009

I have seen first hand how wonderful an impact WeSpark has on its volunteers, clients, and community members! A close friend has been volunteering with WeSpark for awhile now and her stories alone of the work and classes she does warms my heart. She and the organization have been incredibly welcoming. What an amazing organization! Thank you!

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

the difference it makes in volunteers lives.

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

expand! More communities need places like this.

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

hearing other's stories and the community atmosphere.

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

welcoming and kind.

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

change millions of lives.

Ways to make it better...

nothing changed...it is wonderful as it is!

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

funding, as is for any non-profit.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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