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July 31, 2009

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July 31, 2009

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

wonderful, warm and caring. They really helped me in my time of need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 31, 2009

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

helping many people find themselves after being faced with the trauma of a cancer diagnosis.

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

try to find more parking.

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

the friendliness and openness of everyone involved.

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

wonderful!

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

make an amazing difference in the lives of many, many more cancer survivors.

Ways to make it better...

it was only closer to my home.

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

getting enough funds and finding quality instructors and programs.

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

this place is a dream come true and it works exactly as it was designed.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 31, 2009

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

the number of people attending the classes and support groups available.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make sure the front office was not next to the yoga room.

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

The wide array of classes and support groups. There's something for everyone at WeSpark. I also enjoy the way the schedule expands and changes to fulfill the needs and requests of cancer patients.

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

Very helpful and considerate.

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

Keep doing exactly what they're doing to provide the best support and education for cancer patients for years to come.

Ways to make it better...

Patricia was still there. Patricia was a receptionist who was there when I first started going to WeSpark. She has since left but is always missed.

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

I'm not able to answer this question but I would gather the biggest challenge is to generate enough revenue to continue providing an excellent resource for cancer patients and their families.

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

The communication and amount of resources available through WeSpark are sooooo appreciated! Thank you very much.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 31, 2009

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

helping me fight my battle with cancer

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

not change a thing

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

they were close by and I got to tell others who were scared from having cancer about them.

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

people who really knew their stuff and who helped me a lot.

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

expand. There should be one in every state.

Ways to make it better...

they couldn't improve -- they were great

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

the bad economy.

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

I'm glad I went. Almost didn't want to deal with my illness.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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July 31, 2009

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

healing the mind, body and spirit.

Ways to make it better...

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

I can not complete this sentence.

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

gaining the tools necessary to live a healthier balanced life.

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

insightful, generous, thoughtful, and kind. People who truly care and are able to deal with all of the aspects of cancer.

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

clone itself and offer its amazing services to some truly deserving individuals who might not have the opportunity to benefit from such a miraculous place.

Ways to make it better...

I can not complete this sentence.

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

getting others to believe in this cause.

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

weSpark is a gift.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 31, 2009

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

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

Guided Imagery workshops!

Ways to make it better...

There would be weekend workshops offered.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 31, 2009

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

immeasurable support of those going through or providing care to someone going through Cancer.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

July 16, 2014

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June 17, 2011

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 dedica... more

July 16, 2014

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

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

June 17, 2011

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

As a cancer survivor I have been able to take advantage of many of the services offered.

Ways to make it better...

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

Like to have a larger space and more parking, but recognize that there are often financial limitations as well as convenience of location to meet the needs of an unfortunately growing population.

July 31, 2009

I am a cancer survivor that was lucky enough to find this terrific organization. Initially I was in support groups, took advantage of many of the ongoing classes offered, and made numerous friends. This is a most caring organization dedicated to making the lives of cancer related patients, their friends and families realize they are not alone and will provide whatever help they can. I now volunteer when needed.

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

the happiness it brings to all people involved.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to get more people involved and contributing.

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

its ability to recognize the needs of people affected by cancer.

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

caring and concerned.

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

change thelives of millions of people for the better.

Ways to make it better...

the founder had not passed away.

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

finding the funds to continue its services.

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

I've said enough!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 31, 2009

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July 31, 2009

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.

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

that every interaction....from intake interview, to office consults, to the weekly group meetings, etc was handled in a way that made me feel good. What better experience can one have?!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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July 31, 2009

We Spark was there from the beginning and had every intention to stay with me as long as it took. During after and in between I had a friend a phone call or a 10 min. ride away. weSpark is the greatest origination because people came from all places and each had a story to tell that made you feel like you were not in the battle of cancer by yourself. I can go back when ever because now I am part of weSpark for life. It knows where your heart is and keeps you in the real world with your hand held.

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

I have been apart of this organizations treatments

Ways to make it better...

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

It's great for what it has

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

Meeting others

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

very kind

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

give more classes and be there more often maybe 24/7

Ways to make it better...

I had a one on one everyday

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

Continuing with more money for staff

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

I felt hope in a hopeless situation

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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