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  

7 people found this review helpful

WeSpark is a wonderful family oriented environment where anyone touched with cancer can feel comfortable to attend the wide array of classes and/or support groups offered to patients and their families of any age. I'm a breast cancer survivor and definitely "not the joiner" type, however, I've found WeSpark to be helpful and supportive at different stages in my personal cancer story. Thank you WeSpark for everything you do and I hope that the community will recognize the help and support WeSpark brings to people and their families touched with cancer.

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

the number of people attending the classes and support groups available.

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

Make sure the front office was not next to the yoga room.

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

The wide array of classes and support groups. There's something for everyone at WeSpark. I also enjoy the way the schedule expands and changes to fulfill the needs and requests of cancer patients.

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

Very helpful and considerate.

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

Keep doing exactly what they're doing to provide the best support and education for cancer patients for years to come.

Ways to make it better...

Patricia was still there. Patricia was a receptionist who was there when I first started going to WeSpark. She has since left but is always missed.

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

I'm not able to answer this question but I would gather the biggest challenge is to generate enough revenue to continue providing an excellent resource for cancer patients and their families.

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

The communication and amount of resources available through WeSpark are sooooo appreciated! Thank you very much.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I feel so fortunate that WeSpark was there for me when I needed it. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was so terrified. My family and friends were very supportive and I really appreciated that but they had never been thru this and so couldn't really comfort me. But when I saw a councilor at WeSpark, she said the most perfect thing: This is a club nobody wants to belong to and I'm sure you want to run out of here but the people here have been through it and we can help. This is what made me want stay and they truly did make me feel like I wasn't alone. I didn't have any money and that didn't matter to them either -- they were there whenever I needed them with classes, wigs for chemo, hats, information etc. Also -- and this is really a big deal to me -- when I was there I also felt I could ask questions that I couldn't voice to my family/friends without scaring them or myself too much. For example: Everybody kept telling me think positive! They of course meant well but with this came more crushing terror and pressure: What if I didn't think positive? Would I make it even worse for myself? How could you not think in an angry and negative way about what is happening to you when you have cancer. This really was a big deal to me. WeSpark let me know that it was okay to be angry and negative if I felt like it -- I wasn't going to magically doom myself by having bad feelings, which sounds weird but you can't imagine the relief. It actually had the opposite affect. They then helped me with activities (yoga, group therapy sessions etc) that put me in a better space to deal with this. I will be forever grateful to them. They truly deserve the Cancer Fighters Award. I know this because I write these words it all comes back and I am getting misty eyed. I am So glad they were there!

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

helping me fight my battle with cancer

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

not change a thing

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

they were close by and I got to tell others who were scared from having cancer about them.

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

people who really knew their stuff and who helped me a lot.

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

expand. There should be one in every state.

Ways to make it better...

they couldn't improve -- they were great

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

the bad economy.

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

I'm glad I went. Almost didn't want to deal with my illness.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I support WeSPARK Cancer Support Center because my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years ago. She received a lot of support from her local (Iowa) cancer support center -- and I know how much it meant to her. So I support WeSPARK in honor of my sister Nancy. Carol Geisbauer

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

providing support to people diagnosed with breast cancer.

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

not applicable

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

I have met the staff and volunteers and I admire their dedication.

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

very committed to their cause.

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

reach so many more people.

Ways to make it better...

not applicable

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

steady stream of funding

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

such a great organization

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Where do I start-when I found out I had non hodgkins lymphoma---I was in shock--a friend suggested I talk to someone--We Spark was highly recommended---I emailed over there and within minutes Bonnie called me back--set up an appointment for the next day--she got me focused and was firm about me signing up for everything...I was so overwelmed with kindness that I remember saying what can I do for WE SPARK?...she said "don't do nothing, just take care of yourself...WE SPARK was my angel BIG TIME!

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

endless ways. I think and do my day to day so different now. The knowledge and insight I've received is life changing. The staff is top notch. There heart is huge.

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

add a dance class,a cooking class and maybe do day trips.

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

Muriel, the spirtual counselor, the gi gong guy, the yoga instructors, the guest speakers...TBH--I've enjoyed 99% of everything....

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

perfect, kind, giving, patient, good huggers!

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

do weekend retreats, be able to go into communities that need cancer support

Ways to make it better...

I can have a one on one every single day....so give donations so more can be offered.

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

to have more room and more instructors.

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

WE SPARK is so heeling emotionally, creatively.....for me, I could not have got through my treatment without them. It's a very special, heeling magicial place...no place like it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I am eternally grateful and thankful that I am able to benefit from the gift that is weSpark. Wendie Jo Sperber had an incredible dream in creating this amazing place -- a place that welcomes you with open arms even on your darkest of days -- a place where you are encouraged to deal with the emotional aspect of a cancer diagnosis and your treatments and a place that has resources to help you and those that you love find what you need. The facilitators empower you to fight this journey and provide you with the tools that you need to continue in your personal cancer battle. The mind, body and spirit connection is present in all of the programs that weSpark offers. No one wants to hear that they have been diagnosed with cancer. It is a life-altering experience. The fact that when I received my diagnosis I was able to turn to weSpark -- that has been a true blessing indeed.

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

healing the mind, body and spirit.

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

I can not complete this sentence.

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

gaining the tools necessary to live a healthier balanced life.

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

insightful, generous, thoughtful, and kind. People who truly care and are able to deal with all of the aspects of cancer.

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

clone itself and offer its amazing services to some truly deserving individuals who might not have the opportunity to benefit from such a miraculous place.

Ways to make it better...

I can not complete this sentence.

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

getting others to believe in this cause.

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

weSpark is a gift.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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8 people found this review helpful

WeSpark is a warm, nurturing and resourceful environment to heal through the various stages of breast cancer. I find that the staff is attentive to the needs of the guests. The creative services offered are leading me on a journey to see that breast cancer is a gift of immeasurable transformation physically, emotionally, and mentally. I will be forever grateful!!!

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

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

Guided Imagery workshops!

Ways to make it better...

There would be weekend workshops offered.

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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6 people found this review helpful

What a blessing weSPARK is! I found it an incredible resource while I was going through treatment for breast cancer. I attended their "women in treatment" support group every week for many months. Connecting with other women who where following the same journey was very comforting. We'd talk to about chemo, side effects, radiation, bald heads, work and relationships...all guided by a wonderful counselor. I hope to never have to return to weSPARK in this capacity again but I am forever grateful it was there for me in my most trying times. Thank you!!

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

immeasurable support of those going through or providing care to someone going through Cancer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I started going to WeSPARK a year after my breast cancer diagnosis, as I was depressed and had found nothing to help me move on with my life. I loved the different groups they had, from Yoga, support groups, comedy workshops, and an assortment of others. All the women there were wonderful and I met some tremendously strong men and women. The only reason I don't go anymore is I moved out of the area. They are a fabulous group and well deserved of your support. Thank you Marie Harrington Mariposa, CA

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

I think it's great

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

Hire the same kind people

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

The help it gave me

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

Wonderful !!!

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

do wonders

Ways to make it better...

None I can think of

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

Funds

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

They should win

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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8 people found this review helpful

As a guided imagery facilitator at WeSpark, I know how valuable this organization is to so many people with cancer. It offers connection, community, support on so many levels to those going through crisis. There should be more groups like this one.

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

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

Kind, caring and dedicated

Ways to make it better...

more people knew about WeSpark and could take advantage of its resources.

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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6 people found this review helpful

WeSpark is a LIFESAVER! I attended a weekly bereavement support group and found community, understanding and help in coping with my grief after my wife died from breast cancer. I can't say enough about the program, the facilitator and the center. I've been to other bereavement groups and they don't compare.

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

that every interaction....from intake interview, to office consults, to the weekly group meetings, etc was handled in a way that made me feel good. What better experience can one have?!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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