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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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I support WeSPARK Cancer Support Center because my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years ago. She received a lot of support from her local (Iowa) cancer support center -- and I know how much it meant to her. So I support WeSPARK in honor of my sister Nancy. Carol Geisbauer

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

providing support to people diagnosed with breast cancer.

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

not applicable

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

I have met the staff and volunteers and I admire their dedication.

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

very committed to their cause.

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

reach so many more people.

Ways to make it better...

not applicable

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

steady stream of funding

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

such a great organization

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Where do I start-when I found out I had non hodgkins lymphoma---I was in shock--a friend suggested I talk to someone--We Spark was highly recommended---I emailed over there and within minutes Bonnie called me back--set up an appointment for the next day--she got me focused and was firm about me signing up for everything...I was so overwelmed with kindness that I remember saying what can I do for WE SPARK?...she said "don't do nothing, just take care of yourself...WE SPARK was my angel BIG TIME!

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

endless ways. I think and do my day to day so different now. The knowledge and insight I've received is life changing. The staff is top notch. There heart is huge.

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

add a dance class,a cooking class and maybe do day trips.

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

Muriel, the spirtual counselor, the gi gong guy, the yoga instructors, the guest speakers...TBH--I've enjoyed 99% of everything....

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

perfect, kind, giving, patient, good huggers!

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

do weekend retreats, be able to go into communities that need cancer support

Ways to make it better...

I can have a one on one every single day....so give donations so more can be offered.

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

to have more room and more instructors.

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

WE SPARK is so heeling emotionally, creatively.....for me, I could not have got through my treatment without them. It's a very special, heeling magicial place...no place like it.

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2009-7-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I started going to WeSPARK a year after my breast cancer diagnosis, as I was depressed and had found nothing to help me move on with my life. I loved the different groups they had, from Yoga, support groups, comedy workshops, and an assortment of others. All the women there were wonderful and I met some tremendously strong men and women. The only reason I don't go anymore is I moved out of the area. They are a fabulous group and well deserved of your support. Thank you Marie Harrington Mariposa, CA

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

I think it's great

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

Hire the same kind people

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

The help it gave me

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

Wonderful !!!

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

do wonders

Ways to make it better...

None I can think of

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

Funds

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

They should win

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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6 people found this review helpful

We spark is a great organization. Filled with lots of love and great family programs. They are compassionate and caring people. If I knew anyone battling cancer I would absolutely send them to the WeSPARK Cancer Support Center.

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

many of my friends and co-workers.

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

be more involved

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

the wonderful people.

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

kind, caring and compassionate

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

change the world

Ways to make it better...

they were closer to my home

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

getting more publicity

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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2 people found this review helpful

We Spark has given me support and knowledge to move in a positive direction. Have found I am not alone, and have met and receive a safe place to share and grow. I want to thank We Spark for all the support and programs to help to move forward with the worst call I receive that I had Cancer, to now having programs and support to grown and become the person I am today. Thank you all at We Spark.

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

100%

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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6 people found this review helpful

WeSpark has been a great support for my dealing and my experience with breast cancer. When I first got cancer everything goes so fast you are in a tail spin of the unknown. Doctors, test, surgery, then more surgery, answers you receive are vague. First I got a call from my provider, that I had breast cancer, then within three month I had four surgeries. Thanks God they referred me to WeSpark for support. I found people who we knowledgeable and who cared, how you felt and what you were experiencing. A safe place to go to talk about your cancer, your fears and how to move forward. All the classes yoga, mediation, support groups so you could talk about medical concerns, emotional issues, phyical issues, and the fear of the cancer returning. WeSpark have been a major part of my recovery. I am not alone, I have a safe place to go, and be with people who understand and are willing to listen. The faciliators and other people with cancer have been a great support. I would recommend WeSpark 150% if someone needed a place to go. I want to thank all of the great people at WeSpark for their kindnesss and support.

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

I have experience kindness and support

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

I do not know what to say

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

The support group and the classes offered

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

Everyone is very supportive and offer great advise.

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

Support other in area's that do not have this kind of support

Ways to make it better...

My experience has been awesome

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

Have funds to help more people.

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

Thank you WeSpark

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2009-7-01

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6 people found this review helpful

The founder of this organization (WendiJo Sperber) a beautiful human being, worked tirelessly and dedicatedly to make WeSpark into a top notch nonprofit. She was an inspiration to us all and her work is carried on by dedicated and loving people who really care about you. I highly recommend this organization. The people here touch your lives and see possibilities...In living life fully with the hand that is dealt and in finding new ways to cope and deal. A hug when needed, an ear and helpful programs to make what is normally a confusing and difficult time much smoother and a more hopeful experience. Thanks for all that you do!

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

Loving, caring and helpful!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

WeSpark has been a tremendous place of support for me as a caregiver. I was first greeted with a warm intake interview where I was able to talk and share my experience with someone who finally understood what I was going through. A caregiver support group was offered to me which I attended regularly on Thursdays. Again, it was a place where I could cry and get my feelings out with others who were going through the same thing as I. I myself have received great benefits from other therapy's offered there, such as Qi Gong, Raiki therapy and hypno-therapy/guided imagery. WeSpark is a place where I know I can go any time for emotional support, to relax or just escape from the realities of my situation. Frankly, I don't know what I would do without the haven and services offered there. It has truly been a blessing on my life.

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

my personal life. WeSpark has been a tremendous support for me as a caregiver with the people who run the center, to the services offered at the center. Life at home with my "patient" becomes more bearable everyday with the support of WeSpark.

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

the support services offered by outside professionals (e.g. raiki therapy, qi gong, hypnotherapy)and the loving, kind, patient, friendly services of those that work at the center on a daily basis.

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2009-7-01

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7 people found this review helpful

My friend has received so much support and services during her recovery from cancer such as contacs and tai chi classes. i think that center is the best thing that can happen to a cancer patient when it regards to support and eccovery.

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

Cancer patients.

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

Opoen it to seniors that need to keep up their health at a reduced rate

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

Their classes.

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

Kind and supportive

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

Improve their facility and increase services

Ways to make it better...

Other than offer more programs and improve their center, I could not think of anything they could do to improve.

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

Funds and need of volunteers.

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

Thanks you Respark

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2009-7-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I have seen first hand how wonderful an impact WeSpark has on its volunteers, clients, and community members! A close friend has been volunteering with WeSpark for awhile now and her stories alone of the work and classes she does warms my heart. She and the organization have been incredibly welcoming. What an amazing organization! Thank you!

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

the difference it makes in volunteers lives.

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

expand! More communities need places like this.

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

hearing other's stories and the community atmosphere.

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

welcoming and kind.

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

change millions of lives.

Ways to make it better...

nothing changed...it is wonderful as it is!

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

funding, as is for any non-profit.

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

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2009-7-01

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9 people found this review helpful

We Spark kept my friends moving in a positive direction. They were able to deal with marital and personal issues related to the cancer in their family currently. I vote for this organziation for the award.

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

helping my friends cope with the changing lifestyle in their marriage due to cancer.

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

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

very customer focused

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

very respectful

Ways to make it better...

none.

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

more money is needed to keep it staffed with solid professionals

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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