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September 30, 2013

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April 8, 2013

I humbly request that weSPARK Cancer Support Center be considered for the highest of the 2013 Top Rated Awards. weSPARK is a treasure in the San Fernando Valley! They offer support in a huge variety o... more

September 30, 2013

weSPARK Cancer Support Center has touched the lives of so many people living with cancer or caregiving someone with cancer. I am not the support group type, yet weSPARK has so many options for people like me, a survivor who prefers things like yoga and qigong classes, or one-on-one sessions with healers and acupuncturists, all free of charge.

The San Fernando Valley is blessed to have such an innovative caring non-profit organization in our backyard! Thank you weSPARK!!!

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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?

2013

April 8, 2013

I humbly request that weSPARK Cancer Support Center be considered for the highest of the 2013 Top Rated Awards. weSPARK is a treasure in the San Fernando Valley! They offer support in a huge variety of ways, from specific groups, to Qigong, Yoga and Tai-Chi, to one on one encounters with experts who share their talents with cancer patients, their families, and caregivers. I cannot imagine how I would have gotten through the last 8 years of my life without them...

Although there are many different support groups offered at weSPARK, I'm not the "support group" type. Instead, I focus on classes in Qigong, Stress Release and other Meditations, Restorative Yoga and especially the one on one sessions with many fine healers who give so much to weSPARK. I deeply benefit from numerous Infinichi Qigong sessions, enjoy the gentle touch of Reiki practioners, and am soothed by the experienced hands of a master acupuncturist.

At this point in history I doubt there is anyone who hasn't been touched by cancer in some way, either personally, someone in the family, or a friend. If you are one of those people and you live anywhere near the San Fernando Valley, I highly recommend you visit weSPARK and join or help in whatever way you can.

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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?

2013

March 28, 2012

weSPARK has helped me for many years now. They offer so many valuable activities and one-on-one experiences with a variety of talented and caring facilitators. Post surgery and during chemotherapy, I attended restorative yoga and qi-gong classes which not only relaxed me during class, but also allowed me to learn what to do to help myself at home. I've had many appointments with different counselors, energy healers, reiki healers, accupuncture professionals - all caring and helpful people who helped me heal inside and out. Realizing that you are not alone and that others have your same "hair style" makes coping with a serious illness easier, plus you find new friends who really understand what you are going through. I don't really know what I would have done without weSPARK - so I cannot say strongly enough - THANK YOU weSPARK for all your help and care and open door.

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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?

2012

July 30, 2009

It's difficult to put into words the effect that WeSPARK had on my well being and spirit during the most difficult time of my life. Although they have all the typical "group" scenarios available for their members, they have the perfect combination of activities to suit everyone.

I found compassion, empathy, great friends, and new ways of being from the Qi-Gong and Yoga classes. I rekindled my love and affection for horses with their classes in Equine Therapy. The one on one sessions with Energy Healers and Reiki Healers were beyond compare.

In my humble opinion WeSPARK is the Number One Cancer Support Center. I am honored to be a member and to have such good care and I recommend this organization to anyone who needs their help.

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my own road to recovery from near death. I am now back to normal and must thank WeSPARK for their role in my recuperation.

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2009

September 30, 2013

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1 previous review
June 29, 2010

My husband was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2003, leaving me to raise 3 small children. This organization has been a god send. They love my children dearly while looking out for me and my well-being. (E... more

September 30, 2013

We spark is a godsend for anyone struggling with cancer. The staff are all warm, welcoming, and caring and have supported and loved my children through this difficult journey.

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

Life-changing

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 29, 2010

My husband was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2003, leaving me to raise 3 small children. This organization has been a god send. They love my children dearly while looking out for me and my well-being. (Entered by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review on behalf of reviewer)

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the way my children are able to talk about and share their feelings about what they are going through.

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

the caring staff and the way they go out of their way to help my family in every way.

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

caring, warm, loving and supportive.

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

share this gift with even more families by opening more centers.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 30, 2013

I am so greatful that I was directed to we spark in 2010. I was diagnosed with Waldenstroms Macroglobulinemia and scared to death about what the future held. I joined the mens group, and over the last three years I have been amazed at how my attitude and outlook have changed. The other men in the group display strength and honesty about their condition, which helps me to gain insight and also helps me to focus on the moment and has taught me to be more loving and aware about what really is important in my life, my wife, children and grandchildren . Steve, our fearless leader is so informed about the cancer community and the lastest and greatest innovations, that I feel assured about being able to fight the good battle with his and the group members help. The other services like massage therapy and hypnosis are super. Can't say enough good things about We Spark...love the people and and the services. Alan B.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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2013

September 30, 2013

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September 30, 2013

This is a great nonprofit that has many services that cancer patients can take advantage of. Fitness classes, workshops, books and wigs are just a few of the services they offer. There is also a huge area that has flyers with referrals. I actually found a place that was giving out free wigs through here! The people that work there are warm and friendly and all the services are free. It's a great place to go when you have been diagnosed with cancer and need a helping hand.

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

A lot

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

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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September 30, 2013

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2012. Medically, it was easy to find research and get information and support from doctors. But emotionally, I needed more. I had seen WeSPARK when I had directed in the neighborhood years earlier but never imagined I would need their services. From the beginning, I was treated with grace and dignity. Bonnie Franklin is a wonderful therapist I had worked with before. Tara and all the other facilitators in the in-treatment and post-treatment support groups are gentle, loving people who listen and who understand. WeSPARK gave me -- and still gives me -- a place to go to cry, to rage, to weep, to hurt and to heal. Without them, I don't know how I would have gotten through treatment and the past six months since my treatment ended. It's good to know their doors are open to me as long as I need them there.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 12, 2012

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1 previous review
March 28, 2012

weSPARK has made a huge difference in my life in so many ways! The services that I have received there have been life changing. I have participated in the guided imagery group, the writing gro... more

November 12, 2012

I am a participant at weSpark, and it has been a life-changing experience for me. I have received a lot of support through the different facilitators there as well as the participants. The classes, workshops, groups, energy work, and the people there have been wonderful. It's a place like no other. I have also made some very good friends there. We have all been through the cancer challenge in one way or another, and it creates a bond. It is a great place to come for anyone dealing with cancer in their life or the life of a loved one.

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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?

2012

March 28, 2012

weSPARK has made a huge difference in my life in so many ways! The services that I have received there have been life changing. I have participated in the guided imagery group, the writing group, qi gong, energy sessions, many workshops, the power of play...and so many other wonderful classes. I have healed and grown in so many ways that are very much noticed by me and others. I don't know what I would have done at such a difficult time in my life, or who I'd be without weSpark's amazing services. The wonderful people I have met and the friends I have made have also been part of the life changing process at weSpark.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 16, 2012

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1 previous review
March 28, 2012

WeSpark provided me with invalable information and support when I needed it most. They welcomed me with open arms from the moment I entered their space. I will always be grateful for their healing s... more

October 16, 2012

Tell your story here and help others understand this charityWespark welcomed me with open arms after my cancer diagnosis in 2004. There I found a place where I could cry, laugh, hurt, heal, and have questions answered. I am and will always be grateful.

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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?

2012

March 28, 2012

WeSpark provided me with invalable information and support when I needed it most. They welcomed me with open arms from the moment I entered their space. I will always be grateful for their healing spirit.

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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?

2011

August 31, 2012

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August 31, 2012

WeSPARK helped me tremendously during a time when I was fighting for my life. I appreciate the variety of services they offer, from many support groups, to yoga, qi-gong, tai-chi classes, arts and crafts and one on one sessions with reiki and other healers. Personally I find the one on one experiences help me the most. I also enjoyed the qi-gong and yoga classes. Through all my experiences the staff at WeSPARK were always compassionate, helpful, and giving. I have highly recommended WeSPARK to friends with cancer and their caregivers and will continue do so. WeSPARK deserves to be recognized as a gem in their field and they should be awarded accordingly. Thank you for reading my review.

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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?

2012

August 30, 2012

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August 30, 2012

WeSpark has been a Godsend to me as a caregiver and now as a cancer survivor. It is a place of serenity-- the calm eye of the storm.

When the toll of taking care of my mom reached critical mass, a Kaiser social worker referred me to WeSpark. The biofeedback, counseling sessions,
jewelry making, energy session, and grief support kept me going when I might have given up.

When my Kaiser radiologist coldly informed me of my diagnosis over the phone 1-20-11, and then hung up, in this time of shock, then fear, I again called WeSpark. I got the compassionate support I needed from WeSpark’s Bonnie Franklin, M.S. M.F. T. She even followed up a week later to see that I was okay. I have not been able to get there in recent months due to health concerns and distance. Yet, just knowing WeSpark is there has been a blessing.

Suggestions: Bring back Marilyn who taught biofeedback. Have someone post the times of groups or classes on-line.

Thank you, WeSpark.

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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?

2012

August 29, 2012

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August 29, 2012

The people that work here do so because they either have a story or, just want to help. You don't feel like it's their job to help you. They do because they care. My Wife has cancer. You can talk to them. The activities help allot too.

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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?

2012

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