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weSPARK Cancer Support Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Counseling, Human Services, Mental Health

Mission: weSPARK Cancer Support Center enhances the quality of life for cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones. weSPARK provides free programs and services, which alleviate the physical and emotional side effects of a cancer diagnosis.

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

524 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Denise M.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t express my gratitude enough for weSpark. WeSpark has helped my wife and I through some of the hardest times. My wife has been attending weSpark for at least five years and I’ve been going for three or so. Between the support groups and all the self-help workshops and one on one self-help sessions they just have so much. Not to mention the wonderful friendships that have been made. Connecting with people that know exactly what you’re going through when it’s hard to describe to friends outside the cancer community is so valuable. I volunteered to walk with weSpark clients and I must say I got more out of it than I gave. It’s truly a wonderful place that does so much good work.

bmbrown

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Charities that soothe, and heal, and bless lie scattered
at the feet of (wo)men like flowers. William Wordsworth

Like many people who receive a cancer diagnosis, one’s world turns completely upside down within a very short time. One week I was active in my life, working as an adjunct professor at a local community college, walking two miles a day through a tree-lined neighborhood, and taking care of my elderly mother. I had begun to get a pain in my right thigh and attributed it to the walking. One morning I woke up with the inability to urinate. Thinking that my problem was a urinary tract infection, I immediately drove to my physician. No UTI was detected, so I immediately went to the emergency room of a local hospital. The “fun” of catheters was experienced. I was dismissed after three days (with my very own personal catheter) with an appointment to see a gynecologist at the beginning of the week after. I was not worried and thought that the appointment would get to the bottom of my problem and my life would be back to normal soon. The news given at the appointment was surprising. “Surgery tomorrow,” Dr. Michael Lin calmly stated after my exam. (I had not had any surgery since I was an eight-year-old child when I had my tonsils removed.) From the City of Hope satellite office in Mission Hills, CA, he had me admitted to Providence Holy Cross Hospital. Again, I was not too concerned, thinking I would be in and out of the hospital and be back to my classes and life very soon. I walked to my hospital room not even noticing that I was on the oncology ward. When I woke up from surgery (removal of two cancerous tumors, complete hysterectomy), I finally realized the seriousness of my health condition. I was diagnosed with stage lll ovarian cancer with a 20% chance of survival if I didn’t follow the six rounds of chemotherapy and thirty rounds of radiation. I was dismissed from the hospital, nine days later and over fifteen pounds lighter. While recovering from the surgery (eight weeks), I received a call from the American Cancer Society. Caregivers from the Veteran’s Administration helped me care for my mother as I healed. They told me about the "Look Good, Feel Better" program at a local healing center. I knew nothing about WeSPARK Cancer Support Center until I shuffled through their doors. As William Wordsworth proclaimed, “The Charities that soothe, and heal, and bless lie scattered at the feet of (wo)men like flowers.”
WeSPARK Cancer Support Center soothed, healed, and blessed me with all of their modalities of healing. From the in-treatment support groups, to Reiki, breathwork, hypnotherapy, reflexology, acupuncture, and extraordinary kindness from Nancy Allen and Marlene McGuirt and all practitioners, (Bird, Brian, Chris, Leila, Ed, Anita, and Cheryl to name a few of these angels) to the camaraderie among guests, I can attest to the major impact WeSPARK had on my healing journey. Though I received (and continue to receive with regular follow-ups) excellent care through the City of Hope, I feel that I would neither be alive nor have hope for my future without the services of this remarkable, caring organization that brought the rainbow, the evening beam, and the prophetic ray after my life-threatening storm.

Be thou the rainbow to the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away and tents tomorrow with prophetic ray. Lord Byron

Beth Martin Brown

Kerry M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark's programs have been incredibly helpful to me as I go through the cancer treatment process. I feel incredibly lucky to have found them, and with that everyone going through cancer could have access to an organization like this.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have stage 4 mixed mullarian cancer.
I really benefit from the toolbox series, gentle yoga, zentagle. But most of all the wonderful people at WESpark keep me going. They are a support community. The class facilitators are kind and supportive. So are the women who check us in at the front desk.
When I run into councilors or board members they are so positive and friendly. I love the cozy atmosphere at the front table with tea and fruit and all the charming artwork around the halls.
Even the bathroom is sparkling clean and decorated with nice things. When I hobble in the back deck and see the fountain and herbs it makes me smile and relax. In conclusion , the thing about my cancer journey that has surprised me has been the love and support of strangers like the wonderful people at WESpark.

1 Youval E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love all the activities that We Spark offer to people in need.
Thank you so much

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

No matter how great a support system you are basically facing cancer alone unless you are with people who have had it themselves or deal with patients. Nobody else can really understand what a shock it is to know that you may have a terminal illness.
When I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian friends and family were there for me, but couldn't hide how upset they were and expected the worst - understandable but very depressing..........and frightening.
Then a friend told me about weSpark and everything changed for me. The group classes with people going through the same thing, the private therapies and most of all everyone bright and cheerful even when you come in bald with a lovely green complexion nobody seemed to even notice. I could not have afforded the great therapies that have helped me so much.
I'm lucky to be in remission right now - but knowing weSpark and the wonderful staff are there for me relieves the fear of isolation and gives me the comfort that makes all the difference and I'll always be grateful.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark has helped me just as much as my oncologists have helped manage my cancer. The services that are offered have greatly improved my quality of life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My late wife, Geri S. DePaolo, was helped by weSPARK when first diagnosed with cancer in 2005. weSPARK helped us through a very difficult time. Geri's first group leader, Marie, visited her at our home a few hours before my wife passed in 2015. Each year I donate to this fine organization and occasionally attend events. I have always been treated with kindness from caring, knowledgeable professionals. Nancy, Marlene and the staff provide a unique service to those struggling with cancer as well as providing solace for their overwhelmed families. Geri felt and I feel blessed that they were here for us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was SO relieved to discover WeSPARK. I had recently been through the trauma of two brain surgeries and radiation in less than a year after discovering I had 4 brain tumors. I was completely overwhelmed and didn't even know how to move forward. It continues to be a struggle with ongoing treatment and getting used to a life of frequent doctors visits and having to acquaint myself with the 'new normal' for me.

WeSPARK has given me a community of people and compassionate staff that really understand what it's like to go through an emotional and physical journey such as this, especially at a time when I had become very good at isolating myself. I've participated in their 'Drum Circles' and frequently have utilized services such as acupuncture--which have helped alleviate my anxiety and started to calm some of the neuropathy I have from surgery. I am unbelievably happy WeSPARK exists as a resource for myself and others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recommended by a friend, I began going to weSPARK for group sessions for those in treatment for metastatic cancers. I found the group members, as well as the counselor, to be ever so helpful in my journey. I also took advantage of reflexology sessions that helped my stress level quite a bit! When I entered a trial that included a new chemo drug, I lost my hair soon after the 1st dose, and chose my first wig from them as well. While not availing myself of more services, of which there are many, I especially liked that they asked for donations of things that went to other charitable organizations that accept donations of needed items. Helping others while I needed my own help was therapeutic for me, as well the services directly provided by this wonderful organization

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I had my initial surgeries WeSpark was exactly the type of place that I wanted. Finally, after my initial recurrence, I made the trip. It turns out that what I wanted already existed and it was basically in my own backyard, although I don’t have an actual yard.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found we spark a year after being diagnosed and going for ovarian cancer treatment. If only I had known they were there from the beginning my journey would have been far safer than it was. There is so much support, knowledge,and security available the minute you walk through the door. Not only my fellow fighters but the staff is incredible. I'm so grateful that they're there for me.

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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

Wespark is like another family the diferent activates for adults and children too. They kids group, spanish group very friday and the mindful group as well. My son loves to go the kids group on Mondays he likes to talk to other kids that their parents have cancer, also they have rieki too.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I so appreciate the welcome by the staff, and all of the participants in the support groups and other activities at weSPARK. I felt so lost when I was first diagnosed, "different" than the people in my life who had never heard the words "You have cancer". At weSPARK Cancer Support Center, it was a given that we had heard those words, or someone close to us had heard those words. When I come in and I look or feel different than a healthy person, everyone at weSPARK understands and no questions are asked, other than "How are you today?" with a warm welcome and a hug. The various programs offered allowed me to find healing modalities and stress reduction techniques that worked for me. I was able to sample these sessions at no cost, and then settle in to those that worked best for my life, still at no cost to me. I found wonderful new friends here, and we keep in touch outside of our support groups, checking in on each other from time to time. The connection and support is so important. I am a client and a donor of weSPARK Cancer Support Center and feel so fortunate to have this vital care close to where I live and work. Bless you all for the work you do!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Long before I started working at weSPARK Cancer Support Center five years ago, I knew what a magical place it was for many of my friends with cancer. As a staff member, I see every day how individuals with cancer along with their family and friends seek comfort and tools to navigate the physical and emotional side effect of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Plus, all the services and programs are free.

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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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Bobby T.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WeSpark is where I went for support after my cancer diagnosis. I felt safe and comfortable and love the atmosphere.

Truly an amazing organization led by wonderful people!!

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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!!

Mike W.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization. They are truly good souls that care about those that are battling cancer. I am so thankful for all that they have done for me and my partner.

ghubert

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am sure I would be severely depressed, at this point, if not for the miracle of finding WeSpark! After a disabling car accident in 2015, my cancer was diagnosed in Feb 2018. I was used to the medical run-a-round as an HMO patient, but the trauma of this diagnosis was overwhelming. I am a medicinal naturalist at heart and I struggle constantly with doctors trying to save the 85% at all toxic costs. An experimental chemotherapy is set to start in November 2018 and over these last months, if not for the energy balancing, naturally healing, sincerely helpful offerings of WeSpark programs and focused services, I'm sure I would be devastated and exhausted instead of feeling strong and able to conquer this disease, as I truly do. God Bless WeSpark and everyone that makes these resources possible! Thank you for caring to explore alternative treatments that will forever make a difference in our lives! BIG LOVE to you all. This non-profit is fantastic and their services are a valuable resource for fighting disease and lifelong happiness. This non-profit is a blessing.

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.

la3clklri

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

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.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Board Member and volunteer at weSPARK since its inception. I have had the opportunity to watch it grow and serve an increasing part of the community. Its services have been so well thought of that several hospitals and other institutions have referred their patients and invited weSPARK to provide programs at their locations.

In the last year, weSPARK expanded its reach by offering services on the web.This will make weSPARK an even more valuable part of a much larger community. It will free them from the geographical constraints and allow them and their programs to touch many more lives of cancer patients, their families and friends in the same positive ways.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Ann_87

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attend We Spark as much as I can, practically every day. I am recovering from Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant. Sometimes I am very wobbly and fall down a lot. I take Tai Chi, reflexology, group counseling and all the other classes and discussions I can manage.

I am so grateful for their help and services. It is such a happy place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started going to weSpark in early 2010. Found it on line as I was looking for cancer support groups in my neighborhood. No idea it would become the most important place in my life as I went through cancer treatment.
It is just the best. All the support groups, therapists, treatments, classes and staff are skilled and caring.
I have recommended it often and will continue to do so.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have referred many people to Wespark that were dealing with cancer themselves or dealing with a loved one that had cancer, that needed help and direction during this difficult time. Wespark offers much needed services for free to cancer patients and their families. Wespark's care and compassion has made the difference in the quality of life for many.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is an extremely helpful and caring place at the worst time of your life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Without WeSPARK, I wouldn't have made it! Plain and simple. There is no other place where cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, children, anyone at all involved with someone with this miserable disease, that 'gets it', like they do and the other people you meet who are in your situation. It is a kind and loving and very caring place to go when you are at your lowest. Or getting better. Or not. WeSpark is there for you, through support groups, activities, counselors, seminars, educational info. Everything is free no matter what you are doing. Being a survivor of breast cancer was easier to do because WeSpark was right behind me all the way. WeSpark facilitated my recovery. I am eternally grateful to them for the support and love they gave me. We truly need more WeSparks.

1 Linda275

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a member of wespark since spring of 2012. The doctors found that i had cancer. My husband and i never asked what stage, we just start chemo. I was in a support group that help me to deal with my feelings. They have other great services for cancer clients and families member. And those of u who can't make it to the office there. They will help u over the phone and also online. I will always speak very highly of wespark. God bless them for there services.


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Client Served

Rating: 4

I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER FOR OVER A YEAR. THE SERVICES AND THE PEOPLE WHO PROVIDE THEM ARE WONDERFUL. IF IT IS YOGA, IT IS GENTLE. IF IT IS TYCHE
IT IS SKILLFUL, IF IT IS SPIRITUAL COUNCLING IT IS NONDENOMINATIONAL AND COMFORTING.
THEY HAVE GROUOS AND GUIDED IMAGERY, CREATIVE WRITING AND MUCH MORE. THEY
WERE AND ARE, SUPPORTIVE, AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR THEIR EXISTING AT THE DIFFICULT
TIME OF SO MANY LIVES.

1 Arthur T

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Arthur Toretzky

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

After being diagnosed with a rare, inoperable, cancer (pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors) I felt sonewhat devestated. The hospital social worker reccomended We Spark in Sherman Oaks for complementary and supportive therapies as well as a variety of support groups and special events. Their services are free to cancer patients AND their caregivers. The people at We Spark have been incredibly helpful and supportive. I go there for yoga, reiki massage, reflexology, meditation, art classes, acupuncture, suppprt group sessions, and more. I am so very thankful for their services that help me physically and emotionally deal with having a rare, slow growing cancer. My doctorscsay they have patients who live 10, 15, 20 years after diagnosis and We Spark will be a part of my life for as long as I am able to go there. Not only have they helped me deal with the emotional trauma of living with cancer, I am convinced that the services they provide have helped my bodyvtake tge best advantage of my cancer treatments. They have fun fundraising events like their annual 5/10 K run/walk on the backlot at Universal Studios, their food truck events, movie premiers, and more. I could never afford the kind of complementary therapies they provide and they never ask for money or donations. It is a joy to go tgere as all of the people in the organization are so caring and supportive. I can't say enough good things about this exceptional nonprofit!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am 4 months in remission from cervical cancer. I basically went through it on my own. Trying to keep it out of my children's life's. I am SO thankful to all the volunteers and staff at weSPARK!! The support groups, workshops and different healing modalities available are all amazing. I don't think I would have come as far as I have without their support. I have met some amazing people there with many that I know will be lifelong great friends. I feel like I have a place that I fit in and people understand and don't judge. Their commitment to help others has been a great blessing to me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They are great, compassionate and committed. They have changed so many peoples lives in dealing with loss....

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am not a person to share my life with anyone, but my own family. However after my first meeting at weSpark, I was so happy I found YOU and your staff members. Please keep it up - we need you to survive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After I was diagnosed I had no intention of going to a Cancer Support place. But finally I felt I needed something beyond the constant doctor's appointments, and treatments, and medications and well meaning friends and family ... so I begrudgingly thought I would give it a try.
Best thing I ever did. A place of complete understanding, support, empathy, and surrounded by other people going through the same things I was, it became as important to my healing and regaining my strength, mentally, physically and emotionally, as anything else I could have possibly imagined.
The medical industry can only do so much. WeSpark, free to all, is an amazing place for all who are lucky enough to find it.

Client Served

Rating: 4

They have helped me in numerous ways....Wonderful classes that they offer, as well as very caring people on staff...

Anytime one needs to , I can call and get the assistance and caring I need...The people understand what we are going through and have been through and are there to help as much as possible...

Carol37

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I know several cancer warriors and survivors that have been helped by weSPARK and their dedicated staff members. They have many programs that most people can't afford or even think of that benefit not only their clients but the families as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteered for several events and was hired as a temp for a brief tine. It is a warm comfortable no cost to those in need of support, information and help.
I have recommended weSpark to several of my loved ones that have cancer or that have family or friends dealing with it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with weSPARK over the last year has had an incredible impact on my life. It is a place that promotes community and healing in ways that seem almost magical. It is a beautifully special place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After loosing my husband to cancer I started attending group sessions. All of the members of the group had lost their spouse to cancer. The therapist and the group was outstanding

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We Spark was there for me as a cancer patient. I returned to We Spark for a support group when my husband passed from cancer. The therapist and group were wonderful we were there for each other.

Coco L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were introduced to WeSpark by a friend after my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. My husband went to the Men's Support Group. I receive Reiki, Reflexology and other types of body work which I believe has kept me healthy and sane. My husband passed away last year but I continue to receive support from this wonderful organization and I attend a bereavement group there. The others in the group who have lost their spouses help reinforce for me that I am not unusual for what I am feeling and I am not alone. Thanks WeSpark!

Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark was a wonderful, nurturing place for me after chemotherapy. I attended their group sessions with a fabulous group leader and many supportive people. I learned a lot from those meetings that helped me move on from my cancer treatments. The support of the center helped me get through difficult times.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Los Angeles from Hawaii for cancer treatment, and in doing so, left my family and friends support network. Through the remarkable acupunturist I found (a breast cancer survivor) who works with weSPARK, I was able to find a place of unconditional support, care and valuable educational information that helped me get through treatment and being alone in LA. I attended a lecture at weSPARK on what and how to eat during chemo, by a nutritional oncologist, which I am 100% convinced helped mitigate the severity of the side effects. I have passed on the knowledge I learned at weSPARK to other's with cancer, as well as the compassionate care and support I learned and was provided, by weSPARK. WeSPARK is the most deserving and inspiring organization that I have encountered during my journey through cancer. I am forever grateful to everyone connected with weSPARK.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I couldn't have gotten through my treatment without the help of wespark.
They were kind, compassionate, caring and supportive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot express my respect and gratitude for the love and caring that was shown to me in my time of need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have taught yoga classes at WeSPARK since 2004. I have seen WeSPARK change countless lives with its broad array of services, which are completely free of charge to cancer patients, their families, and their caregivers. WeSPARK Is a welcoming place full of love and compassion. The staff cares deeply about its members, and the camaraderie between guests is remarkable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

weSPARK provides a warm, welcoming, nourishing, supportive environment to anyone dealing with cancer including family and friends. An enormous array of services are available at no cost.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved w/weSPARK for about 8 years -- originally taking advantage of the incredibly supportive services offered through this organization. The people that work here are extremely dedicated and committed to continuing the goals of Wendie Jo Sperber, the founder of weSPARK. I am now a volunteer and am gratified by being able to contribute in a "pay it forward" way. The activities offered here at no cost to the "guests" are physically, psychicly and emotionally advantageous to cancer survivors (including those continuing in treatment and post treatment) and and their families and friends. The atmosphere is supportive and upbeat yet recognizing and serving the needs of individuals.

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bonnie

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After 7 years working for weSPARK, I am still in awe of the broad array of FREE services we offer. This is such a sanctuary for all those touched by cancer. I meet people as they arrive and often see the relief in their eyes that they have found people who care about them and will help them through their journey.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a staff member at weSPARK, I hear from guests time and again about how our mind/body/spirit-driven services have helped them through what may be the worst thing they, and their families, will ever face. At weSPARK we help the whole family -- the patient and all of their loved ones who are dealing with their cancer journey. It's remarkable to see how our help can soothe a family in crisis and sustain them through this process. Beautiful, really.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough great things about WeSpark.

When my mom, my favorite person in the world, was diagnosed with pancreatic and bile duct cancer, I was beside myself with anxiety, worry, and pain.

I was out of work and spending all my $$ on rent and other life expenses but I learned that WeSpark was a non-profit and I would not have to pay for much needed services.
They have yoga, reiki healing therapy, hypnotherapy, and various support groups.
They have regular counseling with Bonnie Franklin (an excellent therapist) to talk out all ones' anxiety, worry, and pain.

I thank We Spark from the bottom of my heart and urge anyone getting a diagnosis of cancer or those who have a close family member with cancer to check them out.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

weSPARK is such an awesome organization, I don't even know where to begin.

In Nov 2012, my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I was riddled with anxiety about losing the most important person in my life who lived back east. I started searching online for help with how to deal with this horrific disease.
I met with Bonnie Franklin who is a wonderfully caring counselor and also the intake coordinator for the center.
My mom was given 9 months to a year to live...she didn't even make it 8 weeks. My family was devastated.
After her death I began attending weSPARK bereavement group. Although I do not attend weekly, I go whenever I can.
Prior to my mom's passing, I also took yoga at the center. I still go when the sessions work out with my schedule.

I highly recommend this incredibly wonderful organization for anyone who has cancer and for those associated with someone close to them who has this insidious disease.
They offer reiki, hypnotherapy, yoga, and SO much more. Equally important is the ability to meet others who share what you are going through. WeSPARK...THANK YOU!
Allison P

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first entered the weSPARK offices, accompanied by my daughter, I was frightened at my diagnosis of cancer and determined to do something about coping with it. The people there were understanding, kind, and knowledgeable about my situation and suggested I join a small group comprised of people with the same condition. It was exactly what I needed at that time, a place to voice my fears and to hear the problems of fellow sufferers. They suggested I take advantage of the free services of an acupuncturist.
That helped tremendously. I attended workshops that also gave me tools to work with. All services are free, including the care and concern and friendliness of the staff. weSPARK gives its clients hope. It is an organization that is unique and one that I recommend to anyone who is dealing with cancer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I know of no other charity that provides the kind of amazing services that weSpark offers to not only cancer patients, but also their family and friends. Theey have mad a huge difference in my life and i will always be grateful.