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  

I, myself don't have cancer or know anyone in my life who does. I donate in Valerie Harper's name. I like the services weSpark provides. As a bonus, it's run by Nancy Allen who is also a hero of mine. It makes me feel good to help someone who needs it. If I can help make a difference on another persons' life, that makes me feel good. So good luck to Nancy and all her staff at weSpark.

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weSPARK Cancer Support Center is one of a kind. I personally knew the founder and the reason for the very existence of weSPARK was her personal desire to have a place for cancer patients, their families and friends to go for non-medical support. They have everything from support groups to art classes for children. It's a positive, uplifting place where you are surrounded by people who understand the time you are living through. I recommend weSPARK to people on almost a daily basis. An incredibly deserving non-profit. Please support weSPARK Cancer Support Center. Sincerely, Barbara Epstein

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I have been working with weSPARK Cancer Support Center since the beginning. For anyone who is on the journey with cancer, post cancer or whose family is traveling that road with them, we SPARK is the place to go. Varied and helpful programs await, and a warm, experienced staff to help guide them. LA doesn't have any other place like it. I'm thrilled to have been a part of and continue to be to this day. Their founder was a close, close personal friend, and she would be happy and proud that this is her legacy.~ Barbara Epstein

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Rating: 5 stars  

weSpark is such a great organization! I first heard about them from my cousin, who had cancer. She encouraged a lot of our family to join her on their yearly walk-a-thon. She said that weSpark helped her so much that she believed they literally extended her life; they helped keep her positive through an extremely difficult time. I know how many people they are helping and I thank them for being there for all of them.

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WeSpark was so vitally helpful to my cousin while she went through her three years with cancer, fighting for her life. The organization gave her hope with their good work. And, with hope, miracles can happen. Although she didn't survive past the three years, she was so grateful to those at WeSpark who help her through that time. Thank You, WeSpark!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I live in northern California, and have been involved with weSPARK for the past several years. I am impressed with the organization.....so much so that I have attended several local southern California events, as well as the 2011 WE trip to Honduras to visit the Adelante Foundation and its clients. I plan to continue to stay involved, and strongly believe in its mission. Thank you, Wendy Haydon

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We Spark gave love and support to my friend Frank, Frank was a good friend and we miss him terribly, but I want to thank We Spark for making the time he had left easier for him and his wife.

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Rating: 4 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Having the race course around Balboa park in Encino was a great idea. That location is very scenic. The people I knew who participated had a great time and were happy to support such a great cause. I wish WeSPARK all the best and plan to participate in future events and volunteer opportunities.

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

having a great fundraiser and accommodating athletes with different ability levels.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I lost my uncle last year to cancer; so, when I got to learn about WeSpark at the LA Roadrunenrs Charity Day Fair for the LA Marathon, I was so interested. They are doing wonderful work for people and their families facing such hardship.

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

Fundraising ... people gave to WeSpark when I explained to them what they do while I would talk abotu preparing for the marathon.

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

Help them be better known!

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

Their enthusiasm.

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

enthusiastic and energetic ...

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

make a much bigger impact throughout Los Angeles County.

Ways to make it better...

I had known about them earlier.

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

Being better known.

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

Working with cancer victims and their families is something that takes special people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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5 people found this review helpful

My sister was diagnosed with cancer 3 years ago. WeSpark gave her the support she truly needed and appreciated. She was given free wigs for her bald head, she took tai chi classes, got free Reiki treatments, went to support groups with other cancer patients. She loved WeSpark from the beginning. And now that her health is failing, she still will spark up at the name of WeSpark because of the tremendous love and support she got there.

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

I know my sister loves this group

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

The Walk last year gave my sister pride and hope.

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

Helpful and sweet

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

Help a lot of people with cancer

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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5 people found this review helpful

WeSPARK does a wonderful job for cancer patients. We must thank this organization so much for improving people's lives and outlook.

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

the welfare of cancer patients.

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I provided entertainment services for two of the We Spark Events. The people that attended (recipients of services from the organization) were most thankful to the organization and told me of the life changing activities provided by We Spark. A most positive and upbeat crowd thankful for the organization. It doesn't get any better. Regards, Paul Green

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

hearing from recipients of the the experiences that they and their families had with the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Hi, I am an entertainer and I have participated in a number of the fundraising events for WeSpark. This is a wonderful organization and many of the attendees of the events speak highly of the support they receive from WeSpark. I lend my talents to only a few select organizations--WeSpark is definately one of them.

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

Families that have a positive attitude and receive strength from others in the organization.

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

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

Great attitude of the volunteers!

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

Highly motivated people that are very compassionate.

Ways to make it better...

More publicity to extoll the services provided by WeSpark.

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

Ongoing fundraising activities.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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