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weSPARK Cancer Support Center
June 30, 2010

I do not have direct experience working with weSPARK or taking advantage of the services they offer, so my writing here seemed inconsequential at first. But then I realized that my writing here is a sign of the absolute necessity and vitality of the weSPARK program within the community. The support and services provided here make real differences in real lives: when you are feeling lost and overwhelmed with new information, and it feels like you are facing a mountain of bureaucracy with insurance companies, and you need someone to just listen to how you are feeling and to help guide you through the emotional turmoil of it all, weSPARK gives you that space... they ARE that Someone to listen to and guide you. The impact of weSPARK goes far beyond the newly-diagnosed patient. They provide specialized support for patients during and after treatment, for caregivers and families of patients, for teens and for men and for breast cancer patients, and even for bereaved loved ones mourning a loss... that kind of ripple effect leaves imprints on the entire community, and improves lives that are maybe even once or twice removed from a patient. And, of course, the staff and volunteers are forever changed by this experience, as well. As an artist, my favorite services at weSPARK are the creative programs; through meditation, exercise, art, writing, jewelry-making, and even makeovers, they create a way for patients to transform grief and anguish into something beautiful and uplifting, and to feel better about their quality of life throughout treatment and post-treatment. This is just a beautiful and necessary part of the community, and I want to see it thrive.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Learned about weSPARK through friends.