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.
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EIN 95-4785462
818-906-3022
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

We spark is a great organization. Filled with lots of love and great family programs. They are compassionate and caring people. If I knew anyone battling cancer I would absolutely send them to the WeSPARK Cancer Support Center.

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

many of my friends and co-workers.

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

be more involved

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

the wonderful people.

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

kind, caring and compassionate

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

change the world

Ways to make it better...

they were closer to my home

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

getting more publicity

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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WeSpark has provided a sanctuary where cancer patients like myself can feel accepted, safe and valued, where we can laugh and cry, hope for the best and prepare for the worst without burdening our loved ones with the gruesome details of this horrible disease. WeSpark has provided my family with first-class services that we couldn't possibly afford on our own. They have also helped two of my close friends successfully battle throat and ear cancers. Every day I thank God for the WeSpark Staff and Donors, as well as the cancer warriors they generously and selflessly help.

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

my self, my family and my friends.

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

be very proud.

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

their compassion.

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

kind, accepting, generous, understanding, helpful.

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

show other cancer support providers how to do it right.

Ways to make it better...

I had found them six years ago.

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

financial, the quality of services they provide free of charge to cancer patients must be expensive.

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

Thank God for WeSpark.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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6 people found this review helpful

The founder of this organization (WendiJo Sperber) a beautiful human being, worked tirelessly and dedicatedly to make WeSpark into a top notch nonprofit. She was an inspiration to us all and her work is carried on by dedicated and loving people who really care about you. I highly recommend this organization. The people here touch your lives and see possibilities...In living life fully with the hand that is dealt and in finding new ways to cope and deal. A hug when needed, an ear and helpful programs to make what is normally a confusing and difficult time much smoother and a more hopeful experience. Thanks for all that you do!

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

Loving, caring and helpful!

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2009-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Wonderful support provided by a caring staff all for free to our guests. I am very lucky to be involved with this organization.

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

A number of guests that have told me what a positive impact weSpark has had on them

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

make sure as many people were aware of our services as possible

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

Making a postive impact in peoples lives.

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

committed to the organization

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

expand its services to many more guests

Ways to make it better...

the ozganization had a larger donor base

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

Funding

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

Please play in our Golf tourney October 5th in Woodland Hills, CA

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2009-7-01

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WeSpark has been a tremendous place of support for me as a caregiver. I was first greeted with a warm intake interview where I was able to talk and share my experience with someone who finally understood what I was going through. A caregiver support group was offered to me which I attended regularly on Thursdays. Again, it was a place where I could cry and get my feelings out with others who were going through the same thing as I. I myself have received great benefits from other therapy's offered there, such as Qi Gong, Raiki therapy and hypno-therapy/guided imagery. WeSpark is a place where I know I can go any time for emotional support, to relax or just escape from the realities of my situation. Frankly, I don't know what I would do without the haven and services offered there. It has truly been a blessing on my life.

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

my personal life. WeSpark has been a tremendous support for me as a caregiver with the people who run the center, to the services offered at the center. Life at home with my "patient" becomes more bearable everyday with the support of WeSpark.

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

the support services offered by outside professionals (e.g. raiki therapy, qi gong, hypnotherapy)and the loving, kind, patient, friendly services of those that work at the center on a daily basis.

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2009-7-01

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weSPARK is a haven away from home. Once you walk through the door you are greeted with smiles and friendly hellos. Alexandra is the receptionist; she sets the calm tone for us with her friendly hello. I usually attend the yoga classes, and have found inner and outer strength. I have made friends with whom I know I will enjoy long relationships.

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

better publicize itself and its wonderful FREE OF CHARGE SERVICES.

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2009-1-01

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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.

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

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2009-7-01

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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,

Ways to make it better...

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.

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

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.

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

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Cancer patients.

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

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

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2009-7-01

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7 people found this review helpful

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

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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