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July 18, 2014

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September 30, 2013

I have left many reviews of weSPARK in the past. The only thing that is changing is that we are getting better. We are not only expanding our in house programs, we are expanding to an online venture w... more

July 18, 2014

Last year, I lost my brother to brain cancer. He was living in New Jersey. At the time, I was frustrated that weSPARK could not be of help to him. I've been on the Board of Directors of a cancer charity and they could do nothing for him. I only wished he could have been with me in L.A. during his battle. Since then, weSPARK has gone global. We have put many of our services online so that people around the world can benefit from the things that our Sherman Oaks, CA home do daily. This is what our founder WENDIE JO SPERBER dreamed of, and hopefully she is looking down on us smiling.

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

We are constantly making changes to improve weSPARK.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

September 30, 2013

I have left many reviews of weSPARK in the past. The only thing that is changing is that we are getting better. We are not only expanding our in house programs, we are expanding to an online venture where weSPARK can reach cancer patients, their friends and family nationally and internationally.

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

do exactly as we are doing.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 5, 2013
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weSPARK is a gift that actor and humanitarian Wendie Jo Sperber gave to the Los Angeles area about 12 years ago. This is a place where cancer "warriors", their family and friends can come to get support, information and a place to talk and be heard at no cost at all. I had colon cancer in 1999 and when weSPARK opened, I took advantage of their services. Sure, friends can give you support and tell you what you want to hear, but at weSPARK I was able to talk with people who were going through what I had gone through (always with a professional leader at the helm of our support group meetings). I don't know what I would have done without weSPARK and their incredibly caring and ever present staff. That is why, as a Board Member, I donate so many hours out of my week and as much money as I can to help keep weSPARK alive and thriving. Sadly, Wendie Jo Sperber is no longer with us, but I pray that weSPARK will be here for many years to come.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 16, 2012

I could never ask anyone for money for myself, but I have no shame approaching anyone who might have some money for weSPARK. I am so proud to be a part of this organization. Cancer is a tough disease and weSPARK gives people who are afflicted, along with their spouses and children, the tools and strength to bravely battle. Did I say that all services are FREE? Well they are!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 28, 2012

I have been a founding member, board member and guest since weSPARK's inception in 2000. As a founding member, I have watched weSPARK grow from a small group of people sitting around our founder Wendie Jo Sperber's dining room table to an organization that helps many people who are battling or supporting warriors against cancer. As a guest, I used the weSPARK facilities as I battled malignant colon cancer. They were literally lifesavers. Asking nothing in return, they gave me the knowledge and hope to get better. And finally, as a board member, I am honored to be able to take part in the day to day fundraising for this incredible organization. It is necessary to so many people in the Los Angeles area. May it last forever or until their is no more cancer in anybody's life.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 30, 2009

I was one of the founding members of Wendie Jo Sperber's dream. Little did I know when weSPARK began that I would become a "guest". In 1999, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. Surgery followed along with 6 months of chemotherapy. In October, I will be cancer free for 10 years. weSPARK has stayed by my side during these last 10 years with constant support. I don't know what I would have done without them, and enjoy working for them in helping others.

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The staff makes you feel totally at home. The weSPARK experience is filled with love, education and compassion.

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

become national and not just local. The weSPARK Cancer Support Center would be available to all in need across America.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 17, 2014

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July 17, 2014

As a new board member, I am amazed by the non-profit staff and volunteers who give tireless hours to support people in their hour of need. When I first met with our Executive Director I instantly felt a connection based on the experience I have had with Cancer. I lost my grandmother and aunt to cancer and only wish they had had an organization such as weSpark.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

October 2, 2013

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1 previous review
April 11, 2013

weSPARK is a very special organization that is dedicated to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients as well as their families and friends. All of the services are free and the list of services... more

October 2, 2013

meeting the guests and hearing them explain how weSPARK has helped them live with cancer makes the me realize it is more than the medicine that gets people through the ordeal.

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

make the services available to many more people.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 11, 2013

weSPARK is a very special organization that is dedicated to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients as well as their families and friends. All of the services are free and the list of services is always expanding. It is "everything but the medicine". The programs are high quality delivered by dedicated people.

The guests describe the support they receive as life changing and the doctors who refer their patients and their families are generous with their praise. The physical, emotional and spiritual support that guests and their families receive help them endure the stress of both the disease and the treatment. Because of the unique way guests are grouped, they develop lasting friendships with people who have, or have had, similar experiences,

It is truly a remarkable organization that delivers a wonderful service to the community and beyond.


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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

WeSpark was started by Wendie Jo Sperber in response to her diagnosis. Throughout the years I've met so many people that have been touched by the work at the center as well as Wendie's story. When I hear the words, "WeSpark saved my life," it doesn't surprise me, it makes me more determined that every to help the staff continue the mission that began 10 years ago.

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I'm inspired by the guests and the staff.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

In 1999, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. After surgery and 6 months of chemo I was cancer free. My friend, Wendie Jo Sperber, talked about starting a group where cancer warriors, their families and friends could go for FREE support. That was over 10 years ago. I am now on the Board of Directors and make weSPARK my passion project.

The Great!

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

During my chemotherapy, I used the men's cancer support group on a regular basis. Now that I am cancer free, I spend most of my time fundraising for this wonderful organization.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 31, 2009

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July 31, 2009

WeSpark is a place and organization of people who truly care about the community and helping others in need. The services offered to guests cannot be found in another organization of this type in the US. To see and hear of the many guests who have a better outlook on life is very rewarding.

The Great!

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

th testimonials of the many guests that we see at the Board meetings and the other special events.

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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...

Everyone involved on the volunteer side is truly in this to help those who need it most. I have seen so much good come out of the hard work of the staff.

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

Selfless, caring and very giving of time and support.

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

Help the community even more than it does now... get the word out to those who could use our help and think about serving other communities. Every time i let someone in another part of the country know about weSpark they talk about a need where they live.

Ways to make it better...

I could give more time and more financial support to weSpark.

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

Fundraising and keeping money coming in to serve more guests. Ther is a great need and this is a unique organization.

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

We need everyone's help to continue this great mission...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 31, 2009

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July 31, 2009

Hello Internet, A close friend of mine, Wendie, started this support group about 15 years ago out of her home in Sherman Oaks. In little time she found a location and a platform to spread her cause of cancer knowledge and awareness through a storefront on Ventura Blvd. This place became a supporting and peaceful environment through which people could explore and delve into their health issue with positivity and encouragement. She created a cost free place where guests can interact in a place that feels like a home and not some room in a building someplace. An environment that was built for you to clear your mind and acknowledge yourself in a stimulating and positive way and let you know that you are not in this by yourself, that you have support from others, who care and have experience. If you or anyone you know is affected by cancer in any way shape or form, I can't suggest WeSPARK enough. It has helped myself and countless amounts of other people battle their biggest battle. Do yourself a favor and call.

The Great!

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

helping people cope with the tragedies in life.

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

try to expand it all throughout the city.

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

that all the people who are involved in running it.

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

courteous and compasionate.

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

do people wonders.

Ways to make it better...

cancer did not exist.

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

funding and exposure.

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

i love this place and the people who use and work here.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 30, 2009

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July 30, 2009

Wonderful support provided by a caring staff all for free to our guests. I am very lucky to be involved with this organization.

The Great!

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

A number of guests that have told me what a positive impact weSpark has had on them

Ways to make it better...

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

make sure as many people were aware of our services as possible

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

Making a postive impact in peoples lives.

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

committed to the organization

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

expand its services to many more guests

Ways to make it better...

the ozganization had a larger donor base

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

Funding

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

Please play in our Golf tourney October 5th in Woodland Hills, CA

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 20, 2009

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July 20, 2009

weSPARK is a unique experience which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients and their families and friends. As a companion to the medical treatment a patient receives, the weSPARK programs are designed to help those affected by cancer to cope with what is probably the scariest experience they have ever had. All of the programs are free because funds are raised and more than 80 cents of every dollar goes to programming.

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

expand the delivery of services to other geographic areas and allow 10 times as many people benefit. Since a high percentage of those who come to weSPARK for services end up as volunteers; it must be a great experience.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 16, 2009

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July 16, 2009

It may sound like I am biased as I am on the Board of Directors. I met Wendi Joe Sperber during the last few years of her life and may I say that to see and hear her love and dedication to this cause had me spell bound. I am extremely busy as a mom and an entrepeneur yet I was honored to be asked to join her Board of Directors.This is a group of selfless, dedicated people who have brought so much to so many. We do need more people to come and visit the center since only then do you really understand what it is like to have a place for cancer patients and their families to go for FREE. There is yoga, tai chi, meditaion visualization,,, and on and on..Thank you for taking the time to read this. If I sound passionate, it is because I am.Hope you join us in spreading the word. We have a Charity Golf Tournament coming up. If you play, join us, if you know someone who plays, have them join us, if not and you can, kindly make a cash donation or help us with the silent auction. Thanks in advance.

The Great!

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

increasing the number of people who come to a place where they do not need to be embarassed to get love and support at a time that the future may seem bleak.

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

that everyone is selfless in their devotion to the cause that Wendi set forth.

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

devoted and tireless in the many things that needed to be done..

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

do unimaginable things that we can share as it is written out in our mission statement and our future devotion to give back.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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