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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Rating: 5 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

I started taking yoga at We Spark about a year after I had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I feel so comfortable there. Everyone there is so nice and people are made to feel welcome. No judgements are made and there is an upspoken message that I feel there that we all share a common challenge and the same goals.

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

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

It is open to anyone who has had an experience with cancer themselves or someone who has had a family member who has. I also like the vaiety of class that are available. There seems to be something for everyone.

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

warm, caring and non judgemental

Ways to make it better...

there was better parking available

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

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

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2009-7-01

 
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18 people found this review helpful

As a nursing student preparing a presentation on a health topic (I chose cancer), I thought, where would one go -- in the community -- if one needed emotional support for this anxiety- producing diagnosis? In my research, I found WeSPARK, called them explaining my request as to the details of what they were and what they did. They invited me for interviews, tours, and gave me so much information. The staff is phenomenal -- the environment healing. Indoors as well as outdoors. Just beautiful. Their programs are so well thought out and comforting, to those diagnosed, as well as family and friends. I was encouraged to ask questions -- they seemed to have endless patience. What a diamond of an organization to give so much in so many different ways. How comforting it is to me frequently meeting -- or knowing people recently diagnosed, that there is somewhere wonderful I can recommend for them to check out. It is a jewel of a resource, and those who have inspired such a creative healing center most definitely has helped me understand the nature of true caring.

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

meeting a few cancer survivors who have been served by WeSPARK.

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

The phenomenal efforts with the staff to create such a harmonious healing environment.

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

Directors, nurse practitioners, administrative assistants.

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

Set up satellite locations across the world; be a wonderful asset to research for cures which undoubtedly would happen.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

You have a great organization. It's important for cancer patients and those who take care of them. You have a great team.

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

very supportive and caring about everyone.

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2009-1-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

Helping individuals and families deal with cancer is a very special calling. The people at weSPARK have such a calling. The wonderful nonprofit provides immeasurable support and comfort to so many. It is an honor to support and celebrate their efforts.

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

...they way they help to lift the burdens of individuals and their families.

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

Simply enhance the good work that is already happening

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

Their deep sense of caring and commitment to the cause

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

Caring, supportive and knowledgable

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

Enhance it's current programs and expand it's volunteer efforts. Many people think that volunteers are free. However, it does take resources to engage volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of anything that would have made it better.

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

The need for ongoing funding and volunteers

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

weSPARK is an exemplary program

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2009-7-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

This is a wonderful organization. It is important to have resources like this for those who are suffering or have someone suffering from cancer and of course free of charge.

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

caring, supportive and there for everyone.

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9 people found this review helpful

WeSpark has been very helpful for my Mother during her breast cancer treatment. She has been much happier since she started attending group therapy sessions and enjoys the friends she's made.

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

my Mother's attitude and view on life post-cancer.

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

love to offer more classes and encourage more cancer survivors and their families to attend.

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

friendship and just knowing that others have the same feelings that I have.

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

friendly and encouraging.

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

offer hope to many more cancer victims. Many more people affected by cancer could be helped.

Ways to make it better...

she had found weSpark's classes sooner.

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

lack of funds and resources.

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

my Mother has been much happier and had a much more positive outlook on life since she found weSpark. She really enjoys the companionship offered by others with similar experiences.

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2009-7-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

a close personal friend of mine used the services of wespark extensively as part of her recovery from breast cancer. the facility was close to where she lived, and the various programs offered were instrumental in her physical, mental and emotional recovery. i am very grateful for the program and recommend it to anyone in a similar situation.

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

my friends life

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

run more classes

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

its accessibility

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

friendly and sympathetic

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

it could reach more people

Ways to make it better...

wespark offered more classes

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

finantial

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

i am grateful for the program at wespark

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2009-7-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I have a very dear friend who has cancer and I can't tell you how many times she has talked about everyone there and how much they have helped her. I'm so grateful that she has such a WONDERFUL support group!!! Thank you all SOOO much for the love and support you give to her and the many other people you have helped.

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

I see the peace and comfort this organization brings my friend

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2009-7-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Unfortunatly, having known many to be effected by various diseases, including cancer, I know how important it is to have support and advice at such an unfortunate time. WeSpark is such a place. The support there is uncomparable.

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

The many whose lives have been touched

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

Ways to make it better...

I had found this orginization earlier so I could have told many relatives.

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

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

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2009-5-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

My mother in law has been a participant with WeSPARK and it has loved it. It is obvious that she was helped through her entire ordeal by WeSPARK, and I cannot imagine anyone having to go through a cancer experience without WeSPARK

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

my mother in law's life. It helped her get through her cancer.

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

the positive encouraging environment.

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

some of the nicest people I ever met.

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

help ensure that no woman has to deal with cancer on their own without a support group behind them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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