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Causes: Cancer, Counseling, Human Services, Mental Health

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.

Community Stories

264 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

weSPARK provides a warm, welcoming, nourishing, supportive environment to anyone dealing with cancer including family and friends. An enormous array of services are available at no cost.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved w/weSPARK for about 8 years -- originally taking advantage of the incredibly supportive services offered through this organization. The people that work here are extremely dedicated and committed to continuing the goals of Wendie Jo Sperber, the founder of weSPARK. I am now a volunteer and am gratified by being able to contribute in a "pay it forward" way. The activities offered here at no cost to the "guests" are physically, psychicly and emotionally advantageous to cancer survivors (including those continuing in treatment and post treatment) and and their families and friends. The atmosphere is supportive and upbeat yet recognizing and serving the needs of individuals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff and professionals they bring in are so kind and loving. My very close friend is fighting cancer and they provide services that have kept her motivated and healthy. During her fight my son was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer and I became a client. They kept me going during the worse of his treatments. This is a wonderful, caring place of refuge.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was having a tough time accepting a breast cancer treatment protocol and I called weSpark out of desperation. I was so surprised when a counselor was able to talk to me immediately. She was also available to talk to me one-on-one within the hour and I went straight over there. She helped me tremenously to cope with my situation. I saw her about three more times and I became better able to accept my situation. I could not believe that professional help was so readily available in my time need. The staff at weSpark was wonderful and they have an amazing array of programs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After being diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer in January 2007, WeSpark was an absolute lifesaver. I attended many breast cancer support groups. Took advantage of the yoga, reiki, biofeedback and many other classes. It was a tremendous experience to be with other people that were facing the scary fate of cancer. Everyone is so loving and terrific here and I recommend them to everyone I know that needs the type of support they give.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark is a wonderful family oriented environment where anyone touched with cancer can feel comfortable to attend the wide array of classes and/or support groups offered to patients and their families of any age. I'm a breast cancer survivor and definitely "not the joiner" type, however, I've found WeSpark to be helpful and supportive at different stages in my personal cancer story. Thank you WeSpark for everything you do and I hope that the community will recognize the help and support WeSpark brings to people and their families touched with cancer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel so fortunate that WeSpark was there for me when I needed it. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was so terrified. My family and friends were very supportive and I really appreciated that but they had never been thru this and so couldn't really comfort me. But when I saw a councilor at WeSpark, she said the most perfect thing: This is a club nobody wants to belong to and I'm sure you want to run out of here but the people here have been through it and we can help. This is what made me want stay and they truly did make me feel like I wasn't alone. I didn't have any money and that didn't matter to them either -- they were there whenever I needed them with classes, wigs for chemo, hats, information etc. Also -- and this is really a big deal to me -- when I was there I also felt I could ask questions that I couldn't voice to my family/friends without scaring them or myself too much. For example: Everybody kept telling me think positive! They of course meant well but with this came more crushing terror and pressure: What if I didn't think positive? Would I make it even worse for myself? How could you not think in an angry and negative way about what is happening to you when you have cancer. This really was a big deal to me. WeSpark let me know that it was okay to be angry and negative if I felt like it -- I wasn't going to magically doom myself by having bad feelings, which sounds weird but you can't imagine the relief. It actually had the opposite affect. They then helped me with activities (yoga, group therapy sessions etc) that put me in a better space to deal with this. I will be forever grateful to them. They truly deserve the Cancer Fighters Award. I know this because I write these words it all comes back and I am getting misty eyed. I am So glad they were there!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am eternally grateful and thankful that I am able to benefit from the gift that is weSpark. Wendie Jo Sperber had an incredible dream in creating this amazing place -- a place that welcomes you with open arms even on your darkest of days -- a place where you are encouraged to deal with the emotional aspect of a cancer diagnosis and your treatments and a place that has resources to help you and those that you love find what you need. The facilitators empower you to fight this journey and provide you with the tools that you need to continue in your personal cancer battle. The mind, body and spirit connection is present in all of the programs that weSpark offers. No one wants to hear that they have been diagnosed with cancer. It is a life-altering experience. The fact that when I received my diagnosis I was able to turn to weSpark -- that has been a true blessing indeed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark is a warm, nurturing and resourceful environment to heal through the various stages of breast cancer. I find that the staff is attentive to the needs of the guests. The creative services offered are leading me on a journey to see that breast cancer is a gift of immeasurable transformation physically, emotionally, and mentally. I will be forever grateful!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a blessing weSPARK is! I found it an incredible resource while I was going through treatment for breast cancer. I attended their "women in treatment" support group every week for many months. Connecting with other women who where following the same journey was very comforting. We'd talk to about chemo, side effects, radiation, bald heads, work and relationships...all guided by a wonderful counselor. I hope to never have to return to weSPARK in this capacity again but I am forever grateful it was there for me in my most trying times. Thank you!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark is a LIFESAVER! I attended a weekly bereavement support group and found community, understanding and help in coping with my grief after my wife died from breast cancer. I can't say enough about the program, the facilitator and the center. I've been to other bereavement groups and they don't compare.