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July 25, 2009

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July 25, 2009

I joined weSparks/Santa Clarita in Jan. 2009. I have been a breast cancer survivor sense 2004. I came across an article in the local newspaper with weSparks information and decided it was time I started taking care of myself, so I made the call. Tara and Lenora made me feel so welcome I decided to try the post treatment group. Ever sense that first meeting miracles have been happening in my life. I am also a polio survivor from the age of 3 years and was experiencing new weakness in my arms and legs. I had been trying for years to get a proper diagnosis when a women at the meeting gave me a name of a doctor that might be able to help me. After 6 MRI's, EEG's which lasted three hours and other nerve conduction tests I was diagnosed with post polio syndrome. I was able to go thru all those grueling test because of the training I received from weSparks. The Kundilini Yoga breathing, Guided Meditation, Relaxation techniques, Reikki treatments and the support of the wonderful friends that I have made at weSparks. All their help got me thru those test. I also was invited to a nutrition class where I have learned to cook wonderful healthful dishes for my family. Because of weSparks and their support I am able to accept all the challenges life gives me one day at a time. Thank you, weSparks I am grateful to be a survivor. Charmaine King

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

Meeting all the wonderful caring people. Finally getting the instructions for a happy and healthy life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 24, 2009

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July 24, 2009

I'm thrilled that I survived a 2005 diagnosis of bladder cancer at the age of 59. However, one of the side effects of cancer at my age was the loss of my employment as an attorney following 7 months of recovery and the ultimate dissolution of my entire department due to restructuring and the economy. I have been lucky enough to manage on savings, but the little pleasures in life became big indulgences on my more limited unexpected early retirement budget. So, when I heard about a free yoga class at an organization called WeSpark, I thought I'd try it out. I can't speak more highly of my experience. Walk into the unassuming strip mall storefront, and you enter a small, intimate lobby carefully crafted in soft comforting tones. A cheery greeter welcomes you, and top flight yoga instructors are there to share their knowledge. WeSpark offers all sorts of programs including jewelry making, reiki, painting, etc. in the company of others who have been through similar experiences and their care givers. In this atmosphere it is natural for the guests to talk and encourage each other based upon their own experience of healing. This is an amazing organization and has helped me become whole again. My husband, caregiver and real saint in my recovery story, even signed up for yoga. We both feel incredibly blessed that WeSpark is in our community. I am active in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. But, I have to say honestly that my heart belongs to WeSpark! Every community should have an organization like it.

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

that every time I show up at their front door I feel like I've come home. My heart opens and I leave with a smile.

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

do exactly what they are doing now.

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

knowing that good people with a vision can make a difference in real lives.

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

caring, qualified and inspirational.

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

serve other communities. We feel so lucky, and I almost feel guilty that there are not that many locations (I believe only 2).

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I can't imagine how this experience could be better, unless the space expands to accommodate more people.

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

financial. I'm so grateful, that even though I'm living on Social Security, a Pension, and savings, and have unpaid debts, I contribute when I can. It is just that great.

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

Please consider this organization for your award. It is small so not that many people know about it, but it should have branches available to cancer survivors everywhere.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 24, 2009

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July 24, 2009

I was introduced to Wespark a month ago. The dedication to their mission is inspirational. I am confident in the staff, the volunteers and the donors. This charity is on its way to making a nation wide difference.

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

the people i have interacted with

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 24, 2009

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July 24, 2009

I,m a cancer Survivor, and WeSpark help me to see the light from the darkness of been hit by cancer, God Bless everyone in there. Thank God for this place, they are best of the best.

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all there schedule are great

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

to expose to be albe to rich those who don;t know about WeSpark

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hart to point one because I love just to walk in , every singleone are so carring

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

excellente,and carring to helping to make feel at home.

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

help more cancer survivor,

Ways to make it better...

If I have more time the 10Hrs, to be able to particepet

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

donetion because the economic

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

if there more WeSpark the world will be a better place

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 23, 2009

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July 23, 2009

I'm a Bile Duct Cancer survivor for 16 months. When I first entered the doors to weSpark Santa Clarita, I was so frightened and very apprehensive. My fears were soon eliminated with new hope, inspiration, courage, support and with a new family. I have gained so much from taking part in all that weSpark offers starting with In Treatment Support, Post Treatment Support, Yoga, Reiki, Guided Imagery, Meditation and Acupuncture. I know weSpark has been an integral part of my healing. With such a dedicated and devoted staff, Tara, Sharon, Leonora and all our wonderful members. WeSpark has been with me all the way on this journey!! Shari N

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

our members and how much they have gained by being a part of weSpark

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

New insights and new friends

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

Professional, caring, devoted and of course loving.

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

Develop weSpark internationally

Ways to make it better...

weSpark has made it the best.

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

monetary

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

I'm so GRATEFUL!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 23, 2009

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July 23, 2009

Wespark has been a Godsend for me. I have been battling cancer for almost three years now and felt very alone and isolated....I have a wonderful and supportive family and they simply don't understand what I have been going through. My husband remembered WendyJo and new about Wespark so he took me there two years ago and my life has improved so much...I have met so many other people in my same situation, attended support groups, hypnosis, imagery, yoga and many other classes to help my physical and spiritutal wellbeing. The staff and volunteers are loving and compassionate and will do whatever they can to help you. My husband has even attended group meetings for caregivers. The support is never ending and on so many levels. I cannot say enough about Wespark and their contribution to cancer patients. They deserve the best!!!

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

every face and every conversation I have with other cancer patients. In my group setting or class settings and I hear from all these other patients how much better they feel by getting the wonderful support they receive from Wespark...from the staff etc

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2009

July 22, 2009

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July 22, 2009

weSPARK is a cozy retreat for cancer patients and their families. The staff and facilitators are dedicated to the guests and do their best to help ease the journey with cancer. Their wonderful program is a godsend to those in need. It is like a second family for those people who need support. The support groups are loving and open. The movement classes are specifically designed with cancer families in mind and the spiritual and energy healing classes provide hope and dignity while welcoming peace into the hearts and minds of guests.

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

the improved immune systems and feelings of wellbeing among cancer patients.

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

amazing and dedicated.

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

service all the people who are struggling with this terrible disease.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 22, 2009

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July 22, 2009

My mother has battled cancer for a couple of years now, and has found loving support from the volunteers and others at WeSpark. I truly believe that WeSpark strides to help people who are battling cancer, the best quality of life possible, during such a horrible time in their lives. My mother always comes home in a happier mood and spirits lifted once she's been to her weekly meeting. I would encourage ANYONE effected by cancer, to seek out help from WeSpark. That is what they are there for.

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

It's treatment of cancer patients

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

Full of warmth, generousity, kindness, open arms and open ears.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 21, 2009

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July 21, 2009

This organization has helped so many and has filled a need that is so great. I think this is one of the best supportive groups around. I will help this group anyway that I can.

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

I have seen how this organization has heled people with cancer.

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

I know that Courtney is providing a great service

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 21, 2009

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July 21, 2009

Wendie Jo Sperber's legacy is weSPARK, a place where people with cancer, their families and friends can seek support in a variety of ways, all FREE of charge, in an environment that is warm, friendly, supportive and homey. This is a concept that should be franchised nationwide.

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

franchise nationally, and benefit people across the country!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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