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July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

"Wespark" has been extremely helpful to me during my time of grief. I love attending my Thursday evening grief support group. I am very thankful to WeSpark because I have other people to talk to about what I am going through regarding losing my son to cancer. Our (2) therapists are loving, kind giving, serving women: Sharon and Tara. Also, Lenora is a wonderful friendly receptionist/office worker. WeSpark is an absolute necessity to the Santa Clarita Valley Community.

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

the many people in my support group who have been helped in recovering from the loss of a loved one to cancer and getting their lives back on track.

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

helpful, friendly, serving, kind and compassionate!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

I recently started volunteering at weSPARK and the experience has been truly inspiring. It has been in interacting with guests in the halls, out in front and even in the parking lot, that I discovered the power of weSPARK for the many lives it touches. I remember a moment when I first talked to a guest about our services and seeing her the next day. It was her face, as she recognized me and said hello with a smile, that made me realize how powerful weSPARK's work is. It is a community of experiences, a place of love. I value my time at weSPARK for each smile in the kitchen, the sound of classes in the rooms and the laughter of guests before yoga. This is a place of strength and healing and that is wonderful to be a part of.

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

the people who come back to continue their healing at weSPARK.

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

interacting with guests and staff.

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

kind, dedicated individuals.

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

offer more services to more people and build more satellites throughout Los Angeles.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 29, 2009

weSPARK has helped both my wife, a cancer patient, and myself a caregiver. They provide all the possible services we can use never asking for a cent. They do constantly let us know of new activities we can participate in at their two locations in the Los Angeles area. They are wonderful people always willing to help and direct us to services elsewhere if they cannot provide to meet our needs. Truly an organization that does exactly what is needed by cancer patients and their caregivers and family members.

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

Helping individuals get through major issues even when helping several at a single session with nobody being left out of the process.

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

Not change a thing.

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

Always caring and helpful.

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

Friendly and more than helpful.

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

Server so many more people at so many more locations.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of any improvements except maybe to provide some added activities not currently being used that I might want to participate in.

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

Size is an issue and I wish they could spread out to more areas than their current locations.

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

The people are caring and great and will even go out of their way to see if there are problems if you miss a scheduled session that you normally attend.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

We Spark kept my friends moving in a positive direction. They were able to deal with marital and personal issues related to the cancer in their family currently. I vote for this organziation for the award.

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

helping my friends cope with the changing lifestyle in their marriage due to cancer.

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

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

very customer focused

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

very respectful

Ways to make it better...

none.

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

more money is needed to keep it staffed with solid professionals

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 27, 2009

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July 27, 2009

WeSpark has been able to renew my life, to get me started back on track to full and product full life, Thanks to Staff, Voluntiers and Guest

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

My life and other guest in my group and others.

Ways to make it better...

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

keep it as is.

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

Programs and working with peares

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

Great, Helpfull, caring.

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

get new ficilities, expand, aquire additional staff. thus able to increse visibality and povide help to more cancer patintes in need.

Ways to make it better...

thete is no IF

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

as with any similer organtion. Getting the additional funds to grow, more space, progrems etc.

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

Thank You We Sprak for helping me and my family. Bless You all

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 27, 2009

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July 27, 2009

My experience with weSpark is as a volunteer. I do not deal with the clients directly however, I can feel the healing environment each time I walk in the door. The atmosphere is quiet and warm. The other volunteers I have worked with along with the staff are kind and loving. I look forward to my days at weSpark and feeling even better each time I walk out the door.

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

Working with such an amazing and committed staff! I feel that what I'm doing matters and will effect the men and women who seek comfort there.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 27, 2009

I have known of the weSpark Center for several years, but only in the past year have I personally become affiliated with them. After having a close family member diagnosed with cancer, I can not believe how crucial cancer support centers, like weSpark, are to the patient's treatment and healing process. First what sets weSpark's apart is that is does not feel like a "cancer center" but more like a mental wellness and spa retreat where patients can enjoy yoga, or nutrition classes -- or find the support or therapy sessions they need in what is often an extrememly tense, stressful and painful experience. It's amazing places -- and people like the weSpark -- exist and continue to strive to bring the best techniques, methods and facilities to their patients.

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

my family members that have personal involvement as well as members of the amazing staff that I know.

Ways to make it better...

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

make sure everyone in the local community ares, know about the amazing benefits of the center and how they could help.

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

the people that work for weSpark and the amazing benefits and immediate changes you see in the patients after first attending weSpark.

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

exceptional in all ways.

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

start support centers all over California to bring this support to others.

Ways to make it better...

I knew organizations like WeSpark will always be around to offer cancer patients their ancillary support.

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

keeping up moral and funds.

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

WeSpark has my full support.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 27, 2009

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July 27, 2009

7/26/2009 To whom it may concern: After being discharged from the hospital in late August 2008 I was very luck to be introduced to the weSpark Cancer Support Center in Sherman Oaks CA. In the middle of August 2008 I was informed by my doctors that I had Phase IV non small cell lung cancer that had metastasized into bone cancer. I was devastated by the news because there were no previous signs of the disease. I was told by my Oncologist that if I was lucky I could live 5 years and that was the fact of the matter. He emphasized that I would have difficult choices to make in the process and that I couldn’t be guaranteed anymore than a relatively decent quality of life depending on how I reacted to the prescribed treatments of chemo therapy and radiation treatments. While I was in the hospital I was tested from top to bottom and they had prescribed titanium rods be inserted into both my femurs to reinforce what was described to me as hips, pelvis, sacrum, spine and knees that had been eaten by the cancer so extensively that the cortex or hard outer surface of the bones was gone. I was told I was fortunate that my legs hadn’t just collapsed and that the simple action of jumping off of a street curb could have shattered my hips and pelvis. This would have spread the cancer throughout my body in the shattered pieces as well as rendering me a virtual cripple. I began chemo therapy and radiation treatments simultaneously. I underwent 24 radiation treatments in a row and was given chemo every 21 days for 6 sessions, every 28 days I was given a bone repair drug called Zometa. The side effects from all of this left me nauseous, weak and disoriented. I was constantly angry at my situation and felt I had been dealt a bad hand in life. If it was not for the help and support of my wife and her urging me to attend weSpark and get involved with a support group I would probably not have made the recovery I have made and am currently enjoying. weSpark put me in a group of like patients in various stages of recovery and treatments and I soon learned I was not alone. The group is structured and led by a qualified counselor who lets us in the group speak freely about our feelings, cares and concerns. I have been greatly relieved at being able to not only receive help and direction from the other people in the group but to also give help and direction to those around me. All in all it’s a situation I cannot afford to miss on a weekly basis and when my schedule does conflict, I do miss the interaction and positive results of attending. The weSpark Cancer Support Center also has afforded me the opportunity to be involved in many other activities all free of cost and or obligation such as, Guided Imagery, Tai Chi, Reiki Healing, Yoga on several different levels depending on your specific level of ability, Acupuncture, Guest Speakers, Crafts and Hobbies. I cannot say enough about the courteous staff of professionals and volunteers at the center who make your ability to attend these functions seamless and simple in an otherwise confusing world of Doctors appointments, treatments, and days following treatments with side effects. In order to be able to change an appointment or function to another day without complaint or fuss helps make the experience easy. There are no other groups available to me that can completely fill my needs like the staff and organization of weSpark. Thank you for letting me participate in this search for great non-profits, weSpark will always get my vote. Best Regards, Francois Wilkinson

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

All the faces of those attending weSpark functions. I cannot recall anybody leaving a function at weSpark for the worse.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue on the curent path for sucess.

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

The interaction with like patients in a non clinical environment. It's like sitting in your own living room while you are at weSpark.

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

Kind, responsive, attentive to our needs, honest in their evaluations of our situations without being callous or insensitive.

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

Globalize it's model and change the world we know in regards to how we see and deal with this horrible disease. The medical community isn't ready to recognize a lot of what is going on out there as ways to treat cancer or it's symptoms. weSpark does.

Ways to make it better...

WeSpark had access to the funds to help them grow and offer more to the clients who attend. As usual it's the amount of money any organization has that ultimately defines their operations. The people at weSpark who run the day to day functions are great.

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

Again, FUND RAISING!!

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

I've said it all.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 26, 2009

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July 26, 2009

I have gotten so much from this Cancer Center and want to thank everyone involved. I went to the WeSpark Center after I saw a flyer and started with a group. I had gone back to work part time after my 5th Cancer Surgery. I was laid-off and told it would be for 2 months. It turned out to be forever. I started to attend more free classes from Jewelry/Beads to Meditation. I have learned what a strong survivor I am and techniques to guide myself through my Cancer progression. I would have stayed at home sorry for myself if I had not taken the step towards my recovery and even getting my self esteem back. This organization really gives back to its community in a big way.

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

I meet a young lady that also has been going thru Cancer and I see the results in her as well as myself. We get together and talk about the positive things to bring into our lives to make us better.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would keep the same people they have in place ad get a larger space for the Santa Clarita Location.

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

All of the variety of classes to better my health in all aspects.

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

So professional and GREAT!

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

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could grow out to more communities and start helping people who are battling cancer and chemo and their caregivers who go thru the battle with them. They could also get more programs for the patients.

Ways to make it better...

Th WeSpark Cancer Support Center in Santa Clarita needs more room. We are cramped when there is Yoga Classes. They need a bigger space for the growing new patients.

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

Money in my opinion is the biggest challenge since it is a non-profit organization this year has been especially tough to get donations. They need some financial help to keep the programs going and maybe have more.

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

This organization was started by a woman who saw a need for this kind of place for people with cancer to meet others and learn about themselves and techniques to get thru their struggles with Cancer (any kind of cancer).

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 25, 2009

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July 25, 2009

weSpark is the best Cancer Support Center in Southern California. The programs support the entire human being and facilitate healing. Without weSpark, many people would not be doing as well as they are doing. From the moment a person walks in the front door, that person can feel the love, compassion and support. weSpark clients are given every tool necessary to fight this disease--and the clients are winning!

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

I have seen many people get through their tests without as many side effects. I have witnessed how each person supports another and offers them hope. I have seen how the clients do so much better after being at weSpark for just a week.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would run it the same way, but expand to other cities, or expand the facility to help more people.

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

The caring staff and the incredible determination of the clients. They are truly Inspirational!

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

Professional, compassionate and extremely dedicated. Great!

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

Expand to meet the need of many more people going through cancer, and those who have survived cancer. It could expand its programs and perhaps open satellites to help people in other communities. I know they would put any money they receive to good use.

Ways to make it better...

I cannot think of anything that would make my experience better---this is the best place around.

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

Financial. The clients do not pay, so all the money to run these beneficial programs must come from the public. weSpark needs to expand to be able to help more people.

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

If you, your mother, daughter, sister or friend had cancer, wouldn't you want a weSpark near them to help them fight this disease? Yes, you would!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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