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weSPARK Cancer Support Center

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Causes: Cancer, Counseling, Human Services, Mental Health

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.

Community Stories

506 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came looking for support after my diagnosed of cervical cancer. I was very emotional and needed all the help. They provided me with all the support and they made feel that I count and that deserve a second chance in life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife Marlene passed away in July after her 5.5 year battle with breast cancer. That day broke my heart as Marlene was my best friend, my beautiful wife, and my soulmate. Marlene loved to go there and do yoga and hypnotherapy. She loved WeSpark. So one day after a week of her passing my mother in law brought me to WeSpark for counseling and since then I haven’t missed a week. Judy and Jeanine are so fabulous there as they help me on my road to recovery and rediscovery of my life. The programs they have are amazing too. I can’t say what I would have done with myself if it wasn’t for WeSpark and there generous staff. Thank you WeSpark for saving my life through these sorrowful times. And thank you again to Judy and Jeanine for always making me feel welcomed there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so lucky to have had the support and varied programming of weSpark, my husbands long-term cancer has had quite a strain on all of us but our 12 YO son, my husband and I have all taken advantage of individual and group counseling as well as yoga, reiki and important resource referrals. Really this is an absolute gift from heaven.

Client Served

Rating: 5

weSPARK is an extraordinary organization that has provided me with tremendous support throughout the years since I was first diagnosed. The variety of classes, support groups, and trained professionals in various fields has allowed me to get the help I've needed, and at no cost. It's amazing what they are able to offer their clients for free. weSPARK has been invaluable to me and my family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing place for anyone who cancer has touched their lives. It has helped me so much with genuine support after the loss of my husband to cancer I wish we had known about it before so he could have taken advantage of all the services and amazing support they have to offers

Client Served

Rating: 5

weSPARK is a totally comfortable environment to spend time when dealing with a cancer diagnosis. They have counselors, nutritionists, a nurse navigator, acupuncture, reflexology, yoga, support groups for adults and children, hypnotherapy, reiki, qi gong and many special events. The staff is able to share insights from their many years of experience. The space is comfortable like someone's home and not like a medical facility. It has been unique to my journey and I always recommend it to new patients and family members.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark has been a haven for me. I still can't believe such a place exists. I turn to WeSpark when I need emotional support; to connect with others going through the same thing, people who get what it's like to go through cancer; and to find my way back to feeling centered and calm. I have my ups and downs and on my up days, I go to support the others who need it.

I appreciate the various yoga classes, drawing & writing workshops, lectures and support groups. I can't say enough how much this place has helped me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Unfortunately, I didn't find We Spark until a year after I was diagnosed and had to deal with some horrible inappropriate treatment centers. Once I began with we Spark and their amazing support I learned new tools and ways to deal with my cancer. I became less fearful, more grateful, and at peace with my journey. I've gotten so many tools and coping skills that there are no words to explain how much they have given me. I went there not knowing what to expect, but found a non-judgmental caring community always there to offer a hand. I have nothing but positive things to say about them. I am so grateful for the choice to pick and choose what works for me, and hope so many others will have the same opportunity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Having lost my mother to cancer in 2016 after losing my father to cancer in 2005 was a turning point in my life - and not a good one. The workshops, therapies and support provided by weSpark have helped me find balalnce, have helped me find peace and have helped me release anger, confront fear and process grief. There are days I would not have gotten out of bed if it were not for an appointment or class at WeSpark. They have been and continue to be an essential lifeline to me and I am so grateful for them all who support them. You all truly make a difference in so many lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mom has stage 4 cancer. Cancer is through out her whole body, 2 primary cancers pancreatic and lung. In April 2017, she was given 2 to 4 months to live. She continues to fight today with the help of WeSpark which has provided her with free acupuncture, counseling, reflexology and numerous other supports. I think she is here today because of this organization, which we love so much!

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is NO place like home and for those of us who have had to battle the horrible disease called cancer, having a safe space is priceless. I speak from experience when I say weSpark Cancer Support Center is that place that makes us feel like we're home.

Thank you for being there for me and for those like me who need a place to go, grow and glow. You are that place. weSpark is a shining light.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Aside from my daughters, WeSpark is the only cancer support I’ve had for the last 20 years of my life. I’ve been going there for 18 years often on. The staff is so gentle and caring and I feel completely safe there. Save to feel my pain safe to cry while I do my yoga God bless you all and WeSpark you’re my heroes .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was referred to the weSpark by a friend who knew I was having a hard time socially dealing with my metastasized prostate cancer. Since joining my men's group, I as well as others have seen the the changes necessary in life, to deal with this monster. The ultimate respect from the group has made me a better man.

Thanks weSpark

John Wetzel

Bobby T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with bladder cancer January 2016 and I have been going to WeSpark since the spring of 2016.
Everything I've done there has been great. Men's Support Group is a safe place to express yourself. I have also utilized services such as Reflexology, Reiki, Acupuncture, and Hypnotherapy.
Thank you so much for all you provide.
I'm also Cancer Free!!

Angela C.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being diagnosed with Cancer is a huge shock and needless to say, scary and overwhelming. But having all the wonderful support groups, health resources and services that weSPARK offers, did make it easier. I'm super grateful my husband also got support at the caregivers support group. I'm eternally grateful they exist and will continue to tell others about them. For my birthday on Facebook I had a personal fundraiser for them and was grateful to have my friends donate money to this amazing organization. All the people that work there are so kind! They offer so many unique, uplifting and informative workshops and classes!

Client Served

Rating: 5

weSPARK is an absolutely amazing and wonderful organization that gives selflessly and most lovingly to the community and is organized like a modern model of cancer support and grief recovery. I cannot thank or praise weSPARK enough for what it does for those in need and those, like myself, whose need is to grieve. I lost my best friend in February from breast cancer and I was so blessed to be led to weSPARK, where I received one on one quality grief counseling , group support and was welcomed to a vast array of incredible healing services should I choose them to help me deal with my feelings,, and all..at no cost to myself. Every one of the staff is caring, compassionate and doing angelic work. Thank you weSPARK for all you do and all you give and how you have made it possible for those hurting to not be alone when fellowship is most needed. Thank you and Bless you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Grief is such a shameful emotion in the Korean-American community. As a daughter of a traditional father, any show of my grief always triggered his rage. Needless to say, I never dealt with these terroristic family tactics.

Thankfully, a therapist referred me to WeSpark. The groups sessions are (in some ways) the hardest I’ve ever done. I’m aghast at my own levels of rage, and sometimes I’m frightened at my level of repression, as well as the depth of emotion.

Thanks to the intake workers at WeSpark who immediately saw that I needed help. Thanks to all the donors who have made this previously unthinkable journey possible for me. Once I’m in the clear, I hope to repay this (essentially) gift of life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's a safe, warm, caring place where people suffering from Cancer, their caregivers, friends and family can find desperately needed resources and support.

Donor

Rating: 5

Although, I personally have not been served by weSPARK Cancer Support Center, there have been many friends who have benefited by their services and programs. A very good friend of mine who was going through treatment was so frighted by the whole experience and the uncertainty of her future. She was given tools at weSPARK when she started going to guided imagery classes and individual sessions that she was no longer full of anxiety during her treatments. She also loved the yoga classes offered along with the support groups. weSPARK changed the whole experience in her cancer journey.

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Donor

Rating: 5

weSPARK is a magical place where individuals and families can come and navigate their uncertain cancer journeys. It's like they hold your hand during your initial cancer diagnosis, during treatment and post treatment.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started going to We Spark on July 2013. I was diagnosed with Melanoma.
The support that I received from this nonprofit organization is amazing! I feel that WS is part of my family.
Only the people that passed through these trials can understand you much better.
If you have cancer or your familiy members have experienced this disease, don't hesitate to do the interview at WP. You will find support, energy and undestanding.
We are brothers and sisters talking the same language: cancer.
God bless you!
Thanks a lot.