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  

After I was diagnosed I had no intention of going to a Cancer Support place. But finally I felt I needed something beyond the constant doctor's appointments, and treatments, and medications and well meaning friends and family ... so I begrudgingly thought I would give it a try.
Best thing I ever did. A place of complete understanding, support, empathy, and surrounded by other people going through the same things I was, it became as important to my healing and regaining my strength, mentally, physically and emotionally, as anything else I could have possibly imagined.
The medical industry can only do so much. WeSpark, free to all, is an amazing place for all who are lucky enough to find it.

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

find a way to get it more money so that more people could take advantage of it's wonderful support during a very tough time.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

They have helped me in numerous ways....Wonderful classes that they offer, as well as very caring people on staff...

Anytime one needs to , I can call and get the assistance and caring I need...The people understand what we are going through and have been through and are there to help as much as possible...

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

After loosing my husband to cancer I started attending group sessions. All of the members of the group had lost their spouse to cancer. The therapist and the group was outstanding

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

There is no change i would make in their format.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

We Spark was there for me as a cancer patient. I returned to We Spark for a support group when my husband passed from cancer. The therapist and group were wonderful we were there for each other.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I were introduced to WeSpark by a friend after my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. My husband went to the Men's Support Group. I receive Reiki, Reflexology and other types of body work which I believe has kept me healthy and sane. My husband passed away last year but I continue to receive support from this wonderful organization and I attend a bereavement group there. The others in the group who have lost their spouses help reinforce for me that I am not unusual for what I am feeling and I am not alone. Thanks WeSpark!

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

Can't think of anything

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

WeSpark was a wonderful, nurturing place for me after chemotherapy. I attended their group sessions with a fabulous group leader and many supportive people. I learned a lot from those meetings that helped me move on from my cancer treatments. The support of the center helped me get through difficult times.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to Los Angeles from Hawaii for cancer treatment, and in doing so, left my family and friends support network. Through the remarkable acupunturist I found (a breast cancer survivor) who works with weSPARK, I was able to find a place of unconditional support, care and valuable educational information that helped me get through treatment and being alone in LA. I attended a lecture at weSPARK on what and how to eat during chemo, by a nutritional oncologist, which I am 100% convinced helped mitigate the severity of the side effects. I have passed on the knowledge I learned at weSPARK to other's with cancer, as well as the compassionate care and support I learned and was provided, by weSPARK. WeSPARK is the most deserving and inspiring organization that I have encountered during my journey through cancer. I am forever grateful to everyone connected with weSPARK.

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

NOTHING!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

I couldn't have gotten through my treatment without the help of wespark.
They were kind, compassionate, caring and supportive.

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

not.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Words cannot express my respect and gratitude for the love and caring that was shown to me in my time of need.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough great things about WeSpark.

When my mom, my favorite person in the world, was diagnosed with pancreatic and bile duct cancer, I was beside myself with anxiety, worry, and pain.

I was out of work and spending all my $$ on rent and other life expenses but I learned that WeSpark was a non-profit and I would not have to pay for much needed services.
They have yoga, reiki healing therapy, hypnotherapy, and various support groups.
They have regular counseling with Bonnie Franklin (an excellent therapist) to talk out all ones' anxiety, worry, and pain.

I thank We Spark from the bottom of my heart and urge anyone getting a diagnosis of cancer or those who have a close family member with cancer to check them out.

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

Do nothing. They do everything right!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

weSPARK is such an awesome organization, I don't even know where to begin.

In Nov 2012, my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I was riddled with anxiety about losing the most important person in my life who lived back east. I started searching online for help with how to deal with this horrific disease.
I met with Bonnie Franklin who is a wonderfully caring counselor and also the intake coordinator for the center.
My mom was given 9 months to a year to live...she didn't even make it 8 weeks. My family was devastated.
After her death I began attending weSPARK bereavement group. Although I do not attend weekly, I go whenever I can.
Prior to my mom's passing, I also took yoga at the center. I still go when the sessions work out with my schedule.

I highly recommend this incredibly wonderful organization for anyone who has cancer and for those associated with someone close to them who has this insidious disease.
They offer reiki, hypnotherapy, yoga, and SO much more. Equally important is the ability to meet others who share what you are going through. WeSPARK...THANK YOU!
Allison P

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

NOT MAKE ANY CHANGES. THIS ORGANIZATION DOES EVERYTHING.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I first entered the weSPARK offices, accompanied by my daughter, I was frightened at my diagnosis of cancer and determined to do something about coping with it. The people there were understanding, kind, and knowledgeable about my situation and suggested I join a small group comprised of people with the same condition. It was exactly what I needed at that time, a place to voice my fears and to hear the problems of fellow sufferers. They suggested I take advantage of the free services of an acupuncturist.
That helped tremendously. I attended workshops that also gave me tools to work with. All services are free, including the care and concern and friendliness of the staff. weSPARK gives its clients hope. It is an organization that is unique and one that I recommend to anyone who is dealing with cancer.

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

No suggestions that I can address. The parking lot is way too small, but that is not under their control.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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