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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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,000 cancer patients and their loved ones.

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley

Programs: Since COVID 19, WeSPARK is now providing free virtual programs and services like support groups, yoga, game nights 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

527 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have reached my five year mark after having stage three breast cancer. Not only did I receive the traditional treatment from an outstanding hospital, but I can honestly say We Spark's contributions and caring attention have lead to a healthier lifestyle and positive attitude regarding living my new second chance at life!
Writing does not express my full gratitude. K

Judy86

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WeSpark is a safe nurturing place for cancer patients and family
It provides a warm, and enveloping atmosphere for everyone.
There is nothing like it for those who are suffering from cancer!
Like a home atmosphere with beyond amazing services all free!
It's been invaluable to me!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WeSPARK is the warmest most caring charity i have ever seen. They help those who are suffering with cancer and all of their loved ones and caregivers providing free services to all.
I have seen people through the years get the love and support they do not get at the hospital or clinics.

This is a much needed charity, and I love what they stand for.

Client Served

Rating: 4

WeSpark is an amazing place that offers comfort during a very terrifying time in your life.
The staff is kind very welcoming. The offer an array classes and events which give you
guidance and answers to your concerns. I always feel such a fellowship when I am there.
When I was going through treatment, WeSpark was a lifeline.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WeSpark and the staff are among so many other qualities; innovative, client centered, and have the ability and desire to change as the needs of the population the serve change. As a professional I refer my patients/families to this organization whenever possible without any hesitation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

With Wespark, I find consolation and comfort in my most fearful moments. Wespark helped me gain strength in spirit, physical and emotional. The environment and program it provides, not to mention the helpful and caring attitude of its staff makes your day to day worthwhile. With Wespark, You can never go wrong.

Client Served

Rating: 5

weSPARK is a precious resource for me and the other clients it serves. It is a place where people impacted by cancer can come for healing of soul and spirit, and gain inner-strength for their fight against their illness. I have felt welcomed and safe here, and weSPARK has made a difference in how I go forward in life.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.


Lisa281

Client Served

Rating: 3

A diagnoisi of Cancer makes one reevaluate thier reason for living. WeSPARK offers alternative healing and various other programs to make living with and healing from Cancer a community so one doesn't feel alone. I am very grateful for this organization as they offer these services on a donation basis which helps with the overwhelming health care costs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my wife to cancer of the uterus after a 3 year battle. weSPARK was there with unsurpassed free emotional support every step of the way both for the patient, my wife, and for me, the caregiver. There were support group meeting weekly, and weekly activities for both physical and mental well being. This fine organization really gets and supplies what a cancer patient and their family needs while in treatment and beyond.

RogerHolzberg

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have watched weSPARK grow over the years and become, almost a household word, in the Los Angeles valley. I meet strangers weekly who all know of weSPARK as the place where friends and family received comfort and care while dealing with a cancer diagnosis. I love that fact that they are constantly innovating with new programs and fundraisers - from gourmet food truck nights to 5k/10k walk/runs on studio backlots.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have been to weSPARK while a patient, and as the (consulting) creative director at the National Cancer Inst. The weSPARK staff is never too busy to provide assistance, comfort and education, and the center has some of the best community outreach and fundraisers I've seen. They also serve as the "bricks and mortar" meet up space for the adolescent and young adult cancer support .org I2Y - bravo weSPARK!

1 idarosenberg

Client Served

Rating: 5

Going through Breast Cancer treatment is hard enough. But when you have others that understand what your feeling makes coping a little easier. The therapy sessions that I attended helped me through this very difficult time and allowed me to express my inner most thoughts. The women I have met have been great and the entire staff is wonderful. The classes that are offered to us like yoga, help heal us both physically and mentally. To have a local center that offers so many services to women going through cancer is a contributing factor to all of our healing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have breast cancer and am on a very limited budget,so the free services at WESPARK are a lifesaver, LITERALLY. I take yoga classes every week, and have tried tai-chi and energy balancing. I also use their in house therapist for the psychological problems cancer has created in my life. It is relaxing and clean, and everyone is so helpful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May and have utilized many of the services at WeSpark; support group, yoga, reflexology, LookGoodFeelBetter, and more. What a great resource. They have also made excellent recommendations to outside professionals (acupuncturist, psychologist).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, a few years ago. I was luckily at a new therapist and I saw a brochure and I did research on it. They offer wonderful services for the entire family since it does affect all involved. My mother has attend a few classes and so have I, it is great to offer this and most of the classes are donation only. This is a wonderful place and this place should shine since what they do really comes from the heart.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a client a few years ago in one of their grief support groups. Lost my wife to breast cancer in 2009. I remembered meeting Nancy Allen years before and still had her card. I called when I felt I needed help with my grief. They were so supportive and the group I was in was a very close and compassionate group.

Nancy Allen is the best. I try and donate to them when I can and attend some of their events. This is an A number one group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

weSPARK Cancer Support Center has touched the lives of so many people living with cancer or caregiving someone with cancer. I am not the support group type, yet weSPARK has so many options for people like me, a survivor who prefers things like yoga and qigong classes, or one-on-one sessions with healers and acupuncturists, all free of charge.

The San Fernando Valley is blessed to have such an innovative caring non-profit organization in our backyard! Thank you weSPARK!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I humbly request that weSPARK Cancer Support Center be considered for the highest of the 2013 Top Rated Awards. weSPARK is a treasure in the San Fernando Valley! They offer support in a huge variety of ways, from specific groups, to Qigong, Yoga and Tai-Chi, to one on one encounters with experts who share their talents with cancer patients, their families, and caregivers. I cannot imagine how I would have gotten through the last 8 years of my life without them...

Although there are many different support groups offered at weSPARK, I'm not the "support group" type. Instead, I focus on classes in Qigong, Stress Release and other Meditations, Restorative Yoga and especially the one on one sessions with many fine healers who give so much to weSPARK. I deeply benefit from numerous Infinichi Qigong sessions, enjoy the gentle touch of Reiki practioners, and am soothed by the experienced hands of a master acupuncturist.

At this point in history I doubt there is anyone who hasn't been touched by cancer in some way, either personally, someone in the family, or a friend. If you are one of those people and you live anywhere near the San Fernando Valley, I highly recommend you visit weSPARK and join or help in whatever way you can.

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ltimsit

Client Served

Rating: 5

We spark is a godsend for anyone struggling with cancer. The staff are all warm, welcoming, and caring and have supported and loved my children through this difficult journey.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2003, leaving me to raise 3 small children. This organization has been a god send. They love my children dearly while looking out for me and my well-being. (Entered by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review on behalf of reviewer)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We Spark is a wonderful resource for people who are battling cancer. It provides support and a forum where people with cancer can get help. It is a great resource center, providing access information for assistance and support services. Everyone is so warm and generous providing a safe and loving environment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so greatful that I was directed to we spark in 2010. I was diagnosed with Waldenstroms Macroglobulinemia and scared to death about what the future held. I joined the mens group, and over the last three years I have been amazed at how my attitude and outlook have changed. The other men in the group display strength and honesty about their condition, which helps me to gain insight and also helps me to focus on the moment and has taught me to be more loving and aware about what really is important in my life, my wife, children and grandchildren . Steve, our fearless leader is so informed about the cancer community and the lastest and greatest innovations, that I feel assured about being able to fight the good battle with his and the group members help. The other services like massage therapy and hypnosis are super. Can't say enough good things about We Spark...love the people and and the services. Alan B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a hypnotherapist and guided imagery facilitator. Once a month I volunteer with the children of WeSpark to guide them through journeys that relieve stress, build confidence, and assist in imagining positive bright futures. WeSpark Cancer Support Center provides a wonderful environment for cancer patients, families, and caregivers to receive wonderful, healing, healthful services, free of charge that assist in empowering these people in their journeys.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former weSPARK volunteer and a psychologist who works with patients and caregivers coping with cancer and its after-effects, I cannot recommend this Cancer Support Center more highly. Caring and highly qualified staff, a variety of services and activities at no charge, and a comfortable facility combine to create this safe haven for those facing these difficult challenges of cancer. It offers a place of grace and dignity for people during what may be the most difficult period of their lives. weSPARK is a tremendous resource in our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great nonprofit that has many services that cancer patients can take advantage of. Fitness classes, workshops, books and wigs are just a few of the services they offer. There is also a huge area that has flyers with referrals. I actually found a place that was giving out free wigs through here! The people that work there are warm and friendly and all the services are free. It's a great place to go when you have been diagnosed with cancer and need a helping hand.

1 Susan246

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2012. Medically, it was easy to find research and get information and support from doctors. But emotionally, I needed more. I had seen WeSPARK when I had directed in the neighborhood years earlier but never imagined I would need their services. From the beginning, I was treated with grace and dignity. Bonnie Franklin is a wonderful therapist I had worked with before. Tara and all the other facilitators in the in-treatment and post-treatment support groups are gentle, loving people who listen and who understand. WeSPARK gave me -- and still gives me -- a place to go to cry, to rage, to weep, to hurt and to heal. Without them, I don't know how I would have gotten through treatment and the past six months since my treatment ended. It's good to know their doors are open to me as long as I need them there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a participant at weSpark, and it has been a life-changing experience for me. I have received a lot of support through the different facilitators there as well as the participants. The classes, workshops, groups, energy work, and the people there have been wonderful. It's a place like no other. I have also made some very good friends there. We have all been through the cancer challenge in one way or another, and it creates a bond. It is a great place to come for anyone dealing with cancer in their life or the life of a loved one.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

weSPARK has made a huge difference in my life in so many ways! The services that I have received there have been life changing. I have participated in the guided imagery group, the writing group, qi gong, energy sessions, many workshops, the power of play...and so many other wonderful classes. I have healed and grown in so many ways that are very much noticed by me and others. I don't know what I would have done at such a difficult time in my life, or who I'd be without weSpark's amazing services. The wonderful people I have met and the friends I have made have also been part of the life changing process at weSpark.

rrmb534

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well!Write about cancer is very hard ,because this disease is a thing that makes me little down...but,we need to see this question with the brain ...first step...the brain is our friend to try understand this great trouble!!!!After put the hands to work...and say to all people that has money,that give help is a wonderfull thing that God put in your hands and you are a person who has the great bless of God!!!You!!God choice you to do a wonderfull work!!!!I dont pray to you give your colaboration ...I tell you,that God gives to you a great opportunity....So ,think....I can do the difference!I am blessed for God....I help someone that needs me!!!!!!!!Go !!!!!!Dr.Ronaldo Brandão Brochado.Physician.From Campos dos Goytacazes -Brasil.To all people in the world that has a great heart and a wonderfull soul!!!!Thanks!!!!

Candy S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tell your story here and help others understand this charityWespark welcomed me with open arms after my cancer diagnosis in 2004. There I found a place where I could cry, laugh, hurt, heal, and have questions answered. I am and will always be grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark provided me with invalable information and support when I needed it most. They welcomed me with open arms from the moment I entered their space. I will always be grateful for their healing spirit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at weSPARK fundraising events for the past 14 years. I am a cancer survivor and am now on the Board of Directors. weSPARK is unique in the fact that we consider holistically the entire family. Not just one member of a family has cancer all of them must live through the experience and the pain. At weSPARK free services that insurance does not pay for is provided to all. The groups are very distinct in the type of cancer or level which you are at. It considers family members that are dealing with a loved one or have lost a loved one. There is no other place as unique as wSPARK. I can emphatically state that weSPARK is a GREAT Non-Profit whose heart is in the right place. I am a much better person for my association as a volunteer and Board of Directors member and I for one am proud of it. weSPARK deserves this recognition as a small community driven entity whose heart is in the right place. I am a much better person for my association as a volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began Volunteering for weSPARK 10 years ago. It is an amazing organization unlike any other cancer support center. It combines the healing of mind, spirit and body with holistic and creative support. You find caring persons while proving all the services for FREE in a home like environment. I as a cancer survivor am proud to be associated with this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSPARK helped me tremendously during a time when I was fighting for my life. I appreciate the variety of services they offer, from many support groups, to yoga, qi-gong, tai-chi classes, arts and crafts and one on one sessions with reiki and other healers. Personally I find the one on one experiences help me the most. I also enjoyed the qi-gong and yoga classes. Through all my experiences the staff at WeSPARK were always compassionate, helpful, and giving. I have highly recommended WeSPARK to friends with cancer and their caregivers and will continue do so. WeSPARK deserves to be recognized as a gem in their field and they should be awarded accordingly. Thank you for reading my review.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark has been a Godsend to me as a caregiver and now as a cancer survivor. It is a place of serenity-- the calm eye of the storm.

When the toll of taking care of my mom reached critical mass, a Kaiser social worker referred me to WeSpark. The biofeedback, counseling sessions, jewelry making, energy session, and grief support kept me going when I might have given up.

When my Kaiser radiologist coldly informed me of my diagnosis over the phone 1-20-11, and then hung up, in this time of shock, then fear, I again called WeSpark. I got the compassionate support I needed from WeSpark’s Bonnie Franklin, M.S. M.F. T. She even followed up a week later to see that I was okay. I have not been able to get there in recent months due to health concerns and distance. Yet, just knowing WeSpark is there has been a blessing.

Suggestions: Bring back Marilyn who taught biofeedback. Have someone post the times of groups or classes on-line.

Thank you, WeSpark.

Frank R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The people that work here do so because they either have a story or, just want to help. You don't feel like it's their job to help you. They do because they care. My Wife has cancer. You can talk to them. The activities help allot too.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish I'd known about We Spark earlier in my cancer journey. However, I am so grateful that at least I knew about them when I did - better late than never. We Spark has been a life saver. I met other people going through a similar journey so I could relate to them and talk to them. I had never tried any personal growth classes before in my life - my life had always been school, college, work, take care of kids and hardly ever time for myself. At We Spark, I started taking classes like Yoga, Tai Chi etc. These classes helped me in my healing process a lot. The staff at We Spark was so very helpful and kind. I am v.v.v. grateful to them.

1 skigirl39

Client Served

Rating: 5

in march 2012, i was diagnosed with breast cancer. after many medical appointments and decisions, i had surgery in may. i knew i needed help with the emotions which followed but could not get to ucla on a regular basis for their program. then, wespark was recommended. i had my intake with bonnie who is wonderfully compassionate, and started going to support groups. the experience has been life changing. i have talked with others who have cancer and gone to a breast cancer networking group. some of the horror and fear of a cancer diagnosis are subsiding. i am connecting with other women in group, where we can discuss the details of our surgeries, treatment and emotions. valuable information about treatment and resources is available also. i look forward to going every week and am so greatful wespark exists.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a dear friend of the late Wendie Jo Sperber, the founder of WeSpark, and have volunteered at numerous events for the organization. To see the amazing amount of good that WeSpark does and how it has been able to grow and thrive as the only Cancer Support Center in the entire San Fernando Valley in California is remarkable. She has left a tremendous legacy. I, for one, am glad to have been touched by Wendie Jo, and I am glad to be a part of her work continuing on.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are a terrific organization, very supportive and generous.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lyphoma in 2009. I was a mom of a 5 year son and a wife and teacher. My life fell apart. WeSpark helped me though the hardest time in my life. The free therapy sessions helped me feel less alone. Bonnie Franklin the therapist was amazing and caring. When I was scared to loose my hair, another woman took off her hat and showed me her almost bald head with newly hair growing back. She was so proud and that gave the courage to get through losing my hair and gave me hope that it would grow back. Raike and Yoga helped me too. I am Cancer Free today and was amazed that I was contacted by the WePal profram and today spoke with a young woman just diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. I was able to share my story and share my hope.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Julie and I am a Hodkins Lymphma Cancer Survivor, who is almost done with treatment! I am 37 years old and was diagnosed January 2009. I was referred to WeSPARK by my oncologist because I was looking for a support group to help me through my nighmare. I will never forget the first group session I went to. I still had a head full of hair and my doctor had told me that it would be falling out really soon. I was devestated. At the group a woman took off her hat and showed me an almost bald head. Her hair was growing back from her chemo. She talked about her journey and listening to her strength gave me the strength to shave my head when my hair started to fall out and I just couldn't take it. Other times at the group sessions, I would cry a lot and would share all my feelings (fear, anger, hope) and would feel understood. As I continue with my journey, I feel that I could now be strenth to other new members. Now, I'm the one who feels comfortable without much hair. I understand what it feels like to go through chemotherapy and to be in that dark tunnel of treatment. I also know know that I see the light at the end of the tunnel and was able to get to this place easier because of the WeSparK support group. I want to be hope and have a place to share that hope with others. Bonnie F. at WeSparks is the leader of the group I went to and she was amazing and I felt so lucky to find WeSpark. It's an amazing program.

Joni3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Andree M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization. Being diagnosed with Breast Cancer is hard in itself and so comforting to know that such a great organization does exist out there to give us the support and nurturing we so desperately need. The classes and the individual reiki and other relaxation really helped me through some rough moments during and after treatment. So very grateful that someone told me about htis group and that I was able to sign up along with my spouse and 5 year old daughter. We were all taken care of and warmly received. Thank you WeSpark for being a true angel for me and so many others!!

Amihan E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark made me feel good about myself again after 6 surgeries, chemo and radiation. Their classes are free and tremendously helpful. The workers are kind, compassionate and wonderful. Just sitting in WeSpark premises is so relaxing and made me want to continue to live. I recommend it for all cancer patients.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 30yrs old. I tried many support groups yet there were none that fit my needs. I found WeSpark and they made me feel very special. I fit in there. They provided me with the resources to recover from cancer in all aspects; mentally, physically, and emotionally. I could not be here today if it wasn't for them.

Barbara54

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Oncolcogist recommended We Spark and I do not know what I would have done without the We Spark center. From the great receptionist's, to the healer's, classes, post cancer support group and the new friends I have made, I do not know what I would have done!!!! Everyone made me feel sooo very welcome, luv the warm welcoming smile of Alexandria. The healing sessions are amazing and my MD is amazed how much better I have become with Lauren's yoga class....

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Many thanks to We Spark!!!!! I am so grateful for my We Spark family and the support you provide.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had two dear friends benefit enormously from the support and care that weSPARK provides: one a middle-aged woman in the process of surviving breast cancer; the other a young boy coping with the death of his mother from ovarian cancer. I have seen first-hand how the support system this organization provides heals and inspires through group therapy, play groups, and classes that focus on well-being. I have also benefited from my discussions with both "Bonnie"s about the best ways to offer support to cancer patients who are doing everything they can to live their lives to the fullest. This organization is a gift to cancer patients, caregivers, and the community.

Patricia34

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dear friend lost her life to Cancer at the end of 2011. Her son was five at the time and I began bringing him to the WeSPARK children's playgroup in 2012. It had been a wonderful experience for him as well as for his father who has gotten their support for his son after this great tragedy. I'm so very grateful for WeSPARK! Patricia Maertens

georgy1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am heading into my third year if breast cancer survivorship and WeSpark helped me cope during my initial treatment by providing support groups and activities (yoga, meditation, etc.) that were beneficial in getting me through my treatment.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer, I felt very alone and scared. A friend who had received help from the many services that WeSpark offered, told me where to go to get started. They offered so many programs to help with stress (Yoga, Guided Imagery, Tai Chi...to name a few) and the support groups run by wonderful Tara, were of great help during a difficult time. They even helped me get some hats and wigs to prepare for the hair loss during chemo. Having an organization like this, offering programs for free to clients who are struggling with cancer, is a wonderful thing! Thank you, WeSpark!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am aware of several people who have benefited from the service and support weSPARK provides. It is a great organization, and I am elated it exist to help support folks and their families through trying times!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a guest first, WeSpark saved me from falling into a black pit of terror and depression while I was making a decision wether or not to have a double mastectomy. Now that I am on the other side of my surgeries I am gratefull to all of the staff and donors that make it possible to walk through adversity with a good attitude, faith that everything is ok and a smile on my face.

Braden K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was blown away by the story of weSPARK I learned tonight from Executive Director Nancy- what an incredible organization fighting the good fight on behalf of everyone cancer effects! The greatest impression made was the sharing about how weSPARK works to help the healing process for all involved- those with cancer, but also any family of all ages, and friends. I confessed that 4 girlfriends of mine in the last year were diagnosed, which has effected me without me understanding it had until I really let that conversation out this evening. weSPARK uplifted me, and their Director offered to personally email me some important answers of aid that 1 girlfriend is especially struggling with- suddenly I felt so cared for myself, that I could help my friend and in turn feel relieved about my emotions about these struggles others around me are facing. Anyone in need has only to look to weSPARK to reignite their own inner peace with the fact that life does deal some very tough moments, but there are people to help everyone through- tonight I learned weSPARK is one of my new friends there to help me and those I love. Thank you weSPARK!

Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark is a remarkable organization that was there for me when I needed it most. I had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and I was terrified out of my wits when I found out about them. They were welcoming, caring, informative and gave me both group and individual attention that I feel really made a difference in my fight. I am so thankful to this group and all that they have done and continue to do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was terrified and a friend put me in touch with WeSpark. They were wonderful and they really knew how to handle my situation. I attended several of their programs and group therapy sessions and I will be forever grateful to them for their caring and help. I can't say enough good things about this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 1993 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had no idea 13 years later I would had metastic breast cancer. I started coming to We Sparks in 2007 attending support groups, yoga, guided imagery. We Sparks for me is like my home away from home. Everyone connected to the organization treats you with warmth and respect. I am so grateful for the We Sparks Organization it keeps me going everyday!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My breast cancer had returned after 14 years, I found We Spark through a friend who lives in the area. I joined the support group for Ongoing treatment at We Spark and have found it to be extremelly helpful. All of the staff at We Spark are warm, compassionate, loving and caring. There are incredible resources to be found in the library and through the staff members. All of the services provided at We Spark are done in a professional and caring manner. I don't live in the area, so it is quite a drive for me, I wish the facility was closer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I originally called them because my sister was diagnosed with lung cancer and I wanted to attend a caregivers meeting. Little did I know I would be calling 2 weeks later for myself. On Feb 11th, 2011 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Attending weSpark has been life changing. The unconditional love and support is priceless. Knowing I can attend programs without having to worry about how I am going to pay for them was the best gift out of this whole experience. I have met so many amazing people and am forever grateful. I have recommended them to many people diagnosed with cancer because its nice to feel understood and at home when you are going through such a life altering ordeal. Thank you weSpark family for all that you do!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 06 my dear father was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. I had a very close relationship with him. He had helped me raise my son, thus my son was losing his father figure and I was losing the last of my family. My son joined the kids support group and I was in the grief group. They helped me transition my son, and we had invaluable support for the entire year. I could never thank weSpark enough.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark helped me so much through breast cancer almost 10 years ago. I learned so much and was givenn incredible support and kindness. It is a fantastic organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was served by weSPARK after my diagnosis and surgery and during my chemotherapy. The healing peaceful atmosphere was so inviting. I always felt welcome and so much better as I left than when I arrived. I loved the yoga classes best, but I enjoyed many other activities. Thank you to weSPARK

Hanna C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

weSpark has benefited me tremendously in my after effects and coping with more changes in my health. Thank you for your support

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love it. Love it. Live it. Everyone is helpful and kind. And classes helped me to get through difficult times. Thank you Wespark.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was both a client and volunteer. The thing I love about WeSpark is they are all about helping people. They keep their overhead low and all money raised goes to the programs helping people. I was drawn into the family feeling I got there and they great people on the staff. I've worked on the shows and golf tournaments - both have been so much fun!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I was lucky in having breast cancer caught early, but even early brings a lot of confusion and worry. The support I received from WeSpark was one of the largest strongholds that I had during that time in my life. It was very comforting knowing that there was somewhere to go (not medically or personally involved with me) when choices and decisions became overwhelming. I strongly support this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We spark our such a supportive community for family members of cancer clients. The classes and services are varied and staff so patient and knowledgeable. Walking into the building feels like you are coming home! Such warmth and kindness from support staff as well! I tell everyone about Wespark!

Donor

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After some resistance to the idea, my son began attending support groups at weSpark while he was going through chemotherapy for advanced colon cancer. The support he got, and in some cases the support he was able to give to others in the groups, meant a great deal to him. Although, at times he felt too sick to do anything else, he wanted to attend. In December, shortly before he died, and in a very weak condition, it was important to him to get to weSpark in order to say thank you and goodbye. His request to family and friends was, in lieu of flowers etc. and in his memory, to please make a donation to weSpark. I'm very grateful for the existence of weSpark, and their amazing facilitators, who create this much needed support.