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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

We Spark! was a lifesaver for me and my children -- great services, wonderful staff, and such a caring refuge.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSPARK provides help to all those affected by cancer and it is especially nice if you can consider them local to you. There are many support type organizations but WeSPARK is the only one I have ever seen in the lobby of my oncologist.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark is one of the most important places I found to help me with my on-going Metastatic Breast Cancer. Reflexology, hypnosis, acupuncture, counseling are the main services they provided me and others like me. All of these things have helped me, more than five years after the recurrence of breast cancer, have the energy and healthy appearance that causes most people to completely doubt I have anything wrong with me. Although my income is small now, I still like to drop money into the giving box to help those who follow me and those who stand beside me in our desire to have a healthy (and fun) life. WeSpark is so important to me I've even taught an art class there for other "Sparkees".

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter Carlen Johnson is a volunteer at weSpark and has been for the last 4 years..from her freshman year in High School till now her senior year. I have seen first hand what a wonderful experience it is for all who are on this challenging path. The classes and workshops they offer are healing and the staff is so kind and helpful. She works with the children that have been affected by Cancer. She has grown as a young woman with the help of the staff and the leader of them all Nancy Allen. Under the guidance and leadership of Nancy she has become a caring young woman. The acceptance and love the staff shares with everyone who walks through the door is like no other. i am very proud to say my daughter is a wespark volunteer and because of this incredible organization I believe Carlen will have a life of service and will never forget where it all began. Thank you wespark and Nancy Allen for making this life changing experience happen for my beautiful daughter.

Marci M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wendy Jo Sperber created an amazing legacy with weSPARK Cancer Support Center! So many friends have faced cancer battles over the last few years and I always recommend weSPARK to their families. The staff there truly cares about you. Check it out for yourself!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at weSPARK for nine years and still feel it's one of the best nonprofits I've been involved with. The programs are innovative, the facility comforting and the staff extraordinarily caring. So many guests have told me that weSPARK saved their lives. There's no greater endorsement. Yay for weSPARK and Wendie Joe's vision.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

weSPARK is a special place that I've been fortunate to be associated with for over six years. Through a unique combination of programs, weSPARK provides support for cancer warriors, their family and friends. Our community is richer because of it.

traccg

Client Served

Rating: 5

After being diagnosed with Breast Cancer I began to attend weSKARK support groups. It was so important for me to have a place to go to express my fears get support and information. I have 4 young children at home, so I was busy caring for them and trying to keep things as normal as possible for them at home. WeSPARK has a lot of fantastic services for people going through cancer. Unfortunately, with all of the budget cuts, the services stopped in my area and all of the services are now in "the valley" which is too far for me to get to from Santa Clarita. I would love to see them get more funding so every cancer patient could take advantage of all of their wonderful services.

Marti B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with weSPARK founder, Wendie Jo Sperber, during most of the first decade of the organization. It was a great pleasure to watch her simple vision - that there should be an informal setting for everyone affected by cancer...patients, friends, family...to learn, heal and share - turn into not only a reality but a long lasting one that truly serves the community. The team that has taken on the task of continuing and expanding her legacy is doing great work. Use the services if you need to...volunteer when you can...either way weSPARK will provide you with experiences you will never forget.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark helped me in ways I cannot even measure after the death of my loved one. Their grief group for spouses was the only one I could find in the city that met the specific needs of someone who has lost a spouse to cancer, and believe me, it made such a difference. Our counselor remains a friend to this day, and I continue to refer people in need to WeSpark's services. Thank you for all the loving work you do.

Laineybean

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended WeSpark as a post treatment cancer patient and my experiences there were so healing. It was literally my bridge back to a new sense of myself. I participated in many of the classes, (yoga, creative writing, mindfulness meditation) workshops, seminars, jewelry making evenings and healing energy work there. I felt so embraced in a safe soft harbor and was in such a raw emotional and physical place that I feel it really was the key to my recovery after being thru so much trauma and illness, sadness and fear. I cannot say enough about the loving kindness and the staff at WeSpark. I remember thinking - everyone needs a place like this - not just when you're ill or recovering, but when you're well and strong - imagine a safe harbor that nurtures you from the inside out. It was the safest place I've ever been before - a huge and wonderful gift in my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark was the biggest part of my healing process after my battle w/Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. It was at WESPARK that I was able to come back to my new life post treatment. I was given the opportunity to be with like minded others at such a crucial time in my life - there is no greater healing that to be in a place of compassion and understanding after so much fear, illness and trauma. WeSPark is such a loving comforting place full of creative outlets, creative writing, support groups, workshops, yoga, bio feedback, energy work and so much more. We are so lucky to have a place like this - I can't say enough as to how it enabled me to get thru the hardest part of my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words can never adequately express my gratitude to all the wonderful staff at WeSpark for their support on such a challenging journey. My sincerest wish is to be able to repay the favour some day. Blessings!

Ginny N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark helped me when no other support group could. I was welcomed with open arms, listened to, encouraged and empowered. I am forever grateful to this wonderful organization and the caring people who run it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about this organization. They have helped me come back from horrible grief and helplessness. The therapist, energy workers and all the staff are incredibly kind and loving and only want to help you heal yourself. Don't know what I would do without them. Thanks WeSpark!

Tricia O.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Judy25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

weSPARK is just an awesome resource for those dealing with illness because of their holistic approach to health, healing - and most importantly support to be able to achieve health and healing! Not only are they holistic for the person healing - but in seeing that person with a holistic life and aiding the whole family with support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The folks at we Spark are dedicated and brilliant at serving their purpose. I have been a supporter financially and participated in some dial-a-thon's to raise money for such a paramount cause. As they continue to grow and help others in fighting their ( TEMPORARY ) battles I will support their Side ;) - James Jordan Jr. ;)

Christopher B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I connected with weSPARK through a friend of mine who is close with the org. Since then i've been volunteering at their fundraising events. The sheer passion their team has for their mission is inspirational. Above and beyond that, the services they provide are SO needed. We all have been effected by cancer of some sort in this day and age. To have a place for both patients and families to find comfort and support through their fight is a true blessing to those that have access! The fact that it's FREE is even MORE AMAZING!

Breanna H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every day I see people overjoyed with the dynamics of weSPARK. Working in the front, I hear guests exclaim that this foundaiton has saved thier life. This is a comment I hear frequently. I feel delighted to be a part of weSPARK and to see the magic that occurs within everyone that comes through here.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Every day I see people overjoyed with the dynamics of weSPARK. Working in the front, I hear guests exclaim that this foundation has saved their life. This is a comment I hear frequently. I feel delighted to be a part of weSPARK and to see the magic that occurs within everyone that comes through here.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended weSPARK groups and this is a great organization. They are very attentive and the work they do is amazing for people with cancer. I am proud to support them and always wish them the best! Their staff is amazing and always kind to everyone they meet, whether they are a cancer patient, a family member or just someone who wants to support their cause.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

weSPARK helped me a lot when the doctor told me I had 6 months to live. It's been 3 years and 6 cancers and I'm still here. I showed the doctor I'm strong, people were so understanding. The support groups helped a lot and so did Connie. I talked about my hurts, fears and she showed me that I can live a long time and have a happy life. The staff were great too, so supportive, that's what I needed. I'm fine today thanks to weSPARK.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am not only a volunteer, but have been a recipient of services. They are an amazing group, dedicated to serving and loving ALL that walk through their doors. So thankful for them and in awe of their work and continued service!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always enjoy volunteering at a weSPARK event. The staff is friendly and the events are always first rate. This organization is such a community place and it is so touching to see the impact all their services have on the cancer community. Thank you weSPARK for being a great safe place for cancer patients.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

weSPARK is a special place and I am so happy I have had the opportunity to volunteer here. They are kind to everyone who uses their services and it's amazing that everything they offer-all the support, the classes, the workshops-are completely FREE. It's great to know a place like weSPARK exists for people with cancer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization! The staff and volunteers are extremely helpful and generous. Support groups are varied for different demographics and extremely helpful as they provide an opportunity for people facing the same issues (both as cancer survivors/patients as well as caregivers) to share information, grief support and advice/guidance regarding many aspects of coping with cancer.

The seminars, workshops and groups range from Tai Chi, yoga, pilates, meditation, jewelry making, creative writing and mahjong. Some of the movement classes are tailored to address physical issues facing cancer patients and survivors. Individual services often include: Reiki, reflexology, and hypnotherapy. All provide acknowledgement and respect towards attendees.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Guess what? They have added a young adults group! This is so wonderful and so important. It would been really nice to have around when I was going through treatment. I am so glad that the organization recognized the need, and helped fill this gap in the young adult cancer community. Now I know I have somewhere I can go to give my support to others who are going though something I have experienced.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark is a wonderful resource for those who have or have experienced cancer, or those who take care of them. All services are free and take into account the needs of cancer patients: A donation center where clients can drop off or pick up wigs and other personal care supplies, gentle activities to keep the cancer patient engaged and active, such as Yoga, Tai Chi, story writing, jewelry making, etc, support groups for patients and relatives, individual counseling, holistic healing options such as Reiki and Qi Gong, and an extensive library of information on cancer at your fingertips. This place is absolutely wonderful - a caring and calm sanctuary where you can go to be with others in your situation, or try something new. It really helps add some brightness to your life as you are going through cancer treatment. It really gave me a reason to get up and out of bed and out of the house during my chemotherapy!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have ovarian cancer, reluctant to be in therapy, never done it before. Thought I would be uncomfortable, was the 1st time but made myself go back. It was worth it. I am able to share things that I wouldn't normally share. Feel closeness to the group. We care about each other. Bravo to Lynn.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My heart is so grateful for weSpark. After my cancer diagnosis, weSpark became my home away from home. A truly wonderful organization.

jsal77

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

weSPARK is an amazing center where you feel like one big family. The caring and support given is fantastic. There are many options of support to choose from depending on each guests personal needs. The staff is so friendly and accessable. Come in and give it a try!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The friendly staff is so helpful and the center is warm and cozy. The rooms are filled with laughter and I constantly hear the "guests" talk about how weSPARK has made them feel understood and normal again.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wespark continually lives up to it's mission statement. I have worked for, and been affiliated with non-profits for over 25 years and I am moved by the dedication, compassion, and desire to truly serve their "guests" needs. The work done at Wespark is life altering for all of those involved, including the service providers. I would highly recommend this non-profit to anyone.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wespark is an amazing organization because it puts the guests it serves first. They really care about everyone and you can feel it. They appreciate the people who work with and for them which emanates in fabulous care for cancer patients, their family and friends. I have been involved in non-profits for over 25 years and I think Wespark lives their mission statement.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I will keep it simple: weSPARK is doing lifesaving work. When I was diagnosed with cancer last year, I turned to the people of weSPARK. They took me through every step of the process. I walked into weSPARK convinced I was going to die and left weSPARK convinced I was going to live. They offered emotional support. They gave me their time. They gave me their wisdom and expertise. They gave me referrals. They helped me believe in my healthcare provider. Today--knock on wood!--I am cancer free. What a journey. I couldn't have done it without weSPARK. Those aren't just words. I mean it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i went though breast cancer. during my journey and after wespark gave me support emotionally spiritually, physicallyi thank you so much to Banny and other stafff members for such a understarnding. what ever i needed to get through. clases yoga rekhi, meditation., guided meditation , group discussions, session with pamela. love it. there is not enouph words to write it. one has to experience it.
WESPARK is best thing happened to my life.
thanks
satinder singh (GINI)

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a caregiver, weSpark helped me a great deal by having a support group for caregivers with a very compassionate, trained, experienced leader. The leader of the group and her understanding of my issues was a great comfort. It was also beneficial to be in the company of other caregivers who are dealing with loved ones with Cancer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Overwhelmed and in crisis because I lost my most wonderful husband of 34 years, I found weSPARK's Grief for Spouses group. It has been a lifesaver for me; a tranquil, calm room where, led by a wonderful facilitator, I found others were going thru the same emotional desolation as me. Each of us grieves differently; but there are threads of similarities and moments of recognition that we share in openness. weSpark is a haven where simply showing up is a step in the right direction; the group is small, everyone has time to check in and everyone listens. There's nothing right or wrong - just a noticing of ourselves as we encounter the thrusts of grief and attempt to live a new normal. weSpark is an amazing environment with small intimate livingroom like rooms and larger airy spaces. I love the dining table in the front room. I feel the "hug" of the organization in the way in which the rooms embrace you. Quiet, calming, inviting, the staff greet you with understanding and gentleness. weSpark is the most loving of organizations, so generous, so open, and I am so very thankful to them for being there for me at the most difficult time of my life.
Jennifer

Gloria F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

weSpark Cancer Support Center provides so much hope and enthusiasm for those affected by cancer or those who have survived cancer or those who are family members of cancer patients. Being a volunteer on several fund raising events and being a part of this outstanding program has made me a much better person and I applaud all that they have done and continue to do to make lives somewhat bearable

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an active volunteer with weSPARK for 4 years now and find there services to be unlike anything I have ever witnessed.
They pick up where the medical field leaves them short.. with love and nurturing support, a safe haven in a lonely world of cancer.

I started a fundraiser at Notre Dame High School for weSPARK to have a teen cooking program, in which teens are learning to cook as their parents are too ill to prepare meals during their treatment or recovery.

I still feel like I have done something so meaningful for these kids. And it was months ago.

weSPARK is like having angels on your shoulder.

Judy Kain

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing place. When you are going through any kind of cancer, you are looking for empathy, intelligence on your condition, kindness, comraderie, informed therapists, a nice environment, and a place to go and hang your hat where you will not be judged but welcomed. WeSpark embodies all of these components. I have found everyone I have met there to be kind, gracious, understanding, patient and loving. There is NO charge for anything and I find that amazing. With incomes the way they are fluctuating these days, it is comforting to know that you dont have to pay anything to get the therapy that you so desperately need during such a trying time. I have recommended it t my friends and look forward to our weekly sessions. They offer many many types of therapies and I just want the public to know that if God forbid you are stricken with cancer, there is help out there. Just go and see for yourself, You will be welcomed with open arms and you will glean a lot from the other patients as well as the therapists.
I feel very fortunate to have found WeSpark and hope that it continues to serve members of the community for many many years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After a diagnosis of lung cancer and going through chemotherapy and radiations, I sorely needed to find a place of comfort and understanding. weSPARK knew what I meant when I said, today O have chemo brain." Their stress management classes also helped my finding the new me and the post treatment group helped me learn that I will never be back to the old me, but live and like the new me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was so relieved to find weSPARK because I felt alone. Now I share my feelings on cancer with people who relate to my life...my wants and my needs. Everyone is quite polite and wants to help me. I really cannot express what a remarkable organization, so giving so supportive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was in treatment and my family went home, weSPARK was my new home. The greatest is that friends and family can participate in events and most programs. This is a wonderful support center.

Client Served

Rating: 4

WeSpark is a top notch cancer suport center in the Valley. The staff is very courteous and the volunteers that provide various services makes one feel at home. It is like a home away from home. The atmosphere at Wespark is caring, friendly and warm.

I have been going there on and off and it has been a positive experience throughout!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When you walk into weSPARK, you feel as if you are home. The staff is welcoming and accommodating. The environment is warm and light. The fridge is always stocked with healthy and satisfying treats and the cabinets are stocked with an abundance of teas and coffees. Each group room is cozy, comfortable and always the right temperature. The individual sessions such as Reiki, Reflexology, Qi Gong and IET are all free and would cost an arm and a leg anywhere else. This organization should really be more known, as they offer FREE support to cancer patients. I can't say enough good things about weSPARK.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since I had breast cancer and a brain tumor removed (both of them going on at the same time), I have going to WeSpark to take taichi classes with Mel Lang, a wonderful and inspiring teacher. When I was ill, I felt taichi was renewing not only my weak body but also my spirit with healthy and positive energy. WeSpark was most influential in giving me new life. I love WeSpark for what it does for people like me that need something that makes the road to recovery less painful. i would also like to mention the incredible role that Nancy Allen,Executive Director of WeSpark, plays in keeping WeSpark alive and thriving.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a cancer survivor. WeSPARK generously offers many classes and support groups to help both the cancer patient and their family members.

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Donor

Rating: 4

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I beat cancer in 2005. that summer I met an actor, an older man who reminded me of my grandfather who died of cancer. He bought me lunch for my birthday. A year later I was working on sets and a character actor I had met on other sets told me my friend had cancer. He was terminal. I ran into him one day working, acting, on a set doing what he loved. He told me I should go to We Spark. that I could do good there. Well I gave him my e-mail but i gave him the wrong one. He thought I could get it on my phone. When I got home I found out that he had tried to reach me. I tried to find out where he was or what was happening to him, but I never saw him again. You might say I have been fighting to pay back that lunch ever since. two years ago I was told I could not be on sets anymore. I unjustly lost the only reason I chose to fight for my life. But like my friend I would rather spend my last breath being on a set somewhere then anywhere else. the last time I saw him he was on Gray's Anatomy. Even if my life is falling apart, I have to give back. We all need a balance in life and when you cancer, you need it more than ever. Having a safe place where you know it is OK to be sick and to not be judged for it, is vital. So I volunteer even when I feel like every thing I fought the cancer for is gone. His name was Ray Latulipe, and I for one will never forget him.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

weSpark is an amazing organization!!! weSpark is a place that helps Cancer patients, families and friends for free. There are very few places that offer this support. We need more organizations to follow in weSparks footsteps. I honor the founder Wendie Jo Sperber for establishing such a wonderful organization. Too give people hope and show caring makes a huge difference. Thank You weSpark for being a place of Sanctuary.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39 years old. It was detected early and based on the type of cancer I underwent a double mastectomy. WeSpark was there for me when I didn't know where to turn.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm soo glad my friend called me and told me about WeSPARK - the counseling I received before my double mastectomy helped me tremendously. On the day of my surgery I was at ease with undergoing a double mastectomy. Thank you WeSPARK!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

weSPARK is a special place. I know people who work there and have been affected by cancer in my family. I know the importance of a place like weSPARK and the support they provide. I wish weSPARK all the best and have seen such great stuff from this organization. I look forward to seeing weSPARK help more families.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I joined weSPARK at their Run/Walk last year and it was such a great event. I got to see the work that weSPARK does and it was wonderful. weSPARK has really reached a lot of people and I hope they continue to grow.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

such a nice atmosphere, everyone is so kind and helpfull. Every time i go there i am greeted with a great big smile

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The event I most recently volunteered at, the poker tounrament was a monumental success. Not only was the tournament organized and ran in such a way to raise the most money out of it, but everyone involved, including celebrity poker players, were having a wonderful and fun time giving and riasing money.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In the Fall of 2008, I began taking advantage of the support WeSpark offers freely to all those afflicted with cancer or affected by its diagnosis. WeSpark helped me deal with my newly diagnosed malignant brain tumor and the depression that followed by placing me in a support group that included both men and women suffering from a variety of cancer related ailments. The networking opportunities, exchange of of information, and emotional support I received was first rate and invaluable to me. The group helped me get through surgery, radiation and a year-long regimine of nauseating constipation-inducing chemotherapy. Besides, attending my support group I also participated in a variety of other workshops (on nutrition, holistic practices, etc. that helped me survive my cancer, and just as importantly my cancer treatments. I am now finished with my treatment, but I continue to participate in WSpark's many offerings. I recently was able to bring a friend who is a Chi Gong instructor, and fellow brain cancer survivor into WeSpark's special community. He now teaches his practice weekly to a group of very dedicated students. WeSpark's culture is very positive. it invites new ideas, and opportunities to really participate in one's own healing, as well as in the healing of our fellow sufferers,survivors, and support givers. Finally, The staff members are all warm, friendly, and accessible, from the people who sit at the front answering phones, to Nancy Allen, the director of WeSpark, who seems to be on a first name basis with everybody.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am grateful for the staff that supports my wife. She has had wonderful things to say about this organization, how supportive it is and how the staff and clients have offered support to her.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We Spark has given me support and knowledge to move in a positive direction. Have found I am not alone, and have met and receive a safe place to share and grow. I want to thank We Spark for all the support and programs to help to move forward with the worst call I receive that I had Cancer, to now having programs and support to grown and become the person I am today. Thank you all at We Spark.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WeSpark has been a great support for my dealing and my experience with breast cancer. When I first got cancer everything goes so fast you are in a tail spin of the unknown. Doctors, test, surgery, then more surgery, answers you receive are vague. First I got a call from my provider, that I had breast cancer, then within three month I had four surgeries. Thanks God they referred me to WeSpark for support. I found people who we knowledgeable and who cared, how you felt and what you were experiencing. A safe place to go to talk about your cancer, your fears and how to move forward. All the classes yoga, mediation, support groups so you could talk about medical concerns, emotional issues, phyical issues, and the fear of the cancer returning. WeSpark have been a major part of my recovery. I am not alone, I have a safe place to go, and be with people who understand and are willing to listen. The faciliators and other people with cancer have been a great support. I would recommend WeSpark 150% if someone needed a place to go. I want to thank all of the great people at WeSpark for their kindnesss and support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no better organization to support people going through cancer, whether as a patient or someone connected to a patient. Their compassion, driven by people like Nancy Allen, whose heart is as big as her smile, and founder Wendi Jo Sperber (rest in peace), creates a welcome and safe environment for those who have had to deal with this devastating disease. They do this through their programs, group sessions and activities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aside from volunteering at this fantastic place I was also a client when I was going through cancer. WeSpark is an amazing, wonderful and safe place for people with cancer and their families. It is all free of charge. The support I got there was incredible. Going through cancer can be such a difficult time and I felt so grateful to have a place to go to for some holistic treatments and to meet other people who understood what I was going through. My teenage son was able to go to a support group there for teens and that was so helpful for our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSPARK provides free services to both the patients and the partners. After being the care-giver to my wife through very challenging surgeries, chemo, radiation and set-backs - I finally recognized my need for help. I needed a safe place to share stories too graphic or too personal for non-cancer families. WeSPARK invited me into a group within a week of my first call and I jumped into my first ever support group experience, and I'm so glad I did. Everyone I encountered, from the volunteer receptionist the intake staff, facilitator and subsequent lecture and meditation leaders were caring, professional, wise and comforting. The WeSPARK community is a very special place, deserving our support, what ever form that takes. A grateful client, John Studio City, CA

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I found WeSpark while I was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Appreciated the "intake" process. She knew the right questions that made me feel she understood my feelings. I like my support group. However the only opening was at night and when it got dark I did not feel safe driving so finally quit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was greatly relieved and calmed by the gentle, helpful, creative ways that weSpark provided support during the very frightening, chaotic and difficult first few months of my breast cancer diagnosis, surgery and treatment. The classes and activities offered (free to clients!) were exceptional. From Tai Chi to meditation to poetry and writing workshops to the general friendly, supportive and hope-inspiring atmosphere, weSpark truly helped me get through those difficult days...with grace, reality and great sensitivity. I am a very grateful cancer survivor and I credit weSpark for helping me be an active part of my own survival.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i am a runner with limited resources who needs to spend any money i earn to enter races with discretion. weSpark provides help for those with cancer in a welcoming family-style setting. this charity more than exemplifies their cause and it was a privledge to support them.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wespark is a non-profit, cost free organization set up to help cancer patients, their families and caregivers navigate the potentially devastating effects of this disease. Wespark was started in the west San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles county, Calif. - USA) by Wendy Sperber. Wendy was diagnosed with cancer and found out there were no support organizations in the valley. She was an amazing lady, and managed to rally the support of other celebrities (she was an actress) as well as an incredible array of people in many communities to start Wespark. There is now a Wespark also available in Santa Clarita, California. Wespark literally offers something for everybody. Their space is in a building in Studio City which is like stepping into a warm, cozy, comforting home. The people who staff it are loving, caring, always helpful and able to put you at ease. I found I could go in and either have someone to talk to, or just sit quietly by myself to decompress if I needed to. They offer support groups for cancer patients (any type of cancer and both women and men), family members, children and teens as well as caregivers. They also offer an extraordinary array of classes to enrich the soul, and support the body as well as the emotional and creative essence in each of us. I had forgotten how to take care of myself. I had also lost who I was. I am now 8 years post diagnosis and treatment. Wespark has been helping me to reclaim myself. It is still there for me. I will be forever grateful to them, and Wendy and her family and supporters for giving me a new lease on life. I encourage everyone who has had cancer touch their lives to immediately go and check out Wespark's website!!! Thank you Wespark! Sincerely, Sheila Caporaso

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They helped my husband so much -just to be with others in his situation has given him a purpose each week to help

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i have learned a lot about the organization and their efforts within the community. what a fantastic group! They continue to look for more opportunities to help more people. they are creative and passionate.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful group of people who help me during my chemo treatment when the ovarian cancer came back.I benefit of a unconditional physical and moral support, assisting me in fighting the disease.