WeSpark has been there every step of the way!!! I'm a caretaker and I have seen amazing results for me as well as the client. With all the support and guidance WeSpark is any outstanding organization. All I can say is thank you, thank you. Lynn
When I lost all my hair during chemo therapy, WeSpark offered a class called Look Good, Feel Good. I took the class and was thrilled at the number of things I learned that would help me get through this. The make up tricks, tying scarves and making hats from tee shirts were all so helpful. I borrowed a hat that has come in so handy and I truly believe this organization is there for me. Keep up the good work.
WeSPARK has wonderful services for cancer patients and their families. I wish these services were available for my mom 15 years ago. She would have really enjoyed the support groups, guided imagery and energy sessions.
weSPARK as helped so many people with a warm and fuzzy atmosphere. Have been with weSPARK since the beginning and loved Wendie and miss her terribly.
WeSPARK is the best Cancer Support Center I have seen. Its staff and volunteers go above and beyond the call of duty here, which is significant alone. They add a "spark" of inspiration to all whom they care for and their families. I highly recommend them.
When I first came to weSPARK I felt alone and frightened. I beggn to relax when I saw the homelike setting and lovely environment. I was made to feel welcome the minute I walked through the door. I have a wonderful support group where I can talk about anything and they understand how i feel. The yoga classes have helped my gain my strength and to relax and de-stress. I have so much fun in the jewelry making classes and creative writing. I am so grateful to have found weSPARK at a time when I felt so alone and hopeless. It's the calm in the storm for me and my family. Thank you weSPARK!
I am the Founder of My Bridge 4 Life and and about to launch this community network for patient and caregiver/supporters. We have piloted this program at weSPARK. The future thinking vision of the center and willingness to blend health 2.0 enabling technologies with world class traditional support group work makes it a one of kind organization in my book!
WeSpark is a place and organization of people who truly care about the community and helping others in need. The services offered to guests cannot be found in another organization of this type in the US. To see and hear of the many guests who have a better outlook on life is very rewarding.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about every aspect of WeSpark.....from the beautiful, serene, welcoming and so comforting environment to the patient and soooo caring staff. I was diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago. Even though I have family right here in Los Angeles, I felt alone, scared and miserable. The City of Hope told me about WeSpark. The minute I walked in there...I knew I was in the right place. I immediately felt welcomed and that I belonged. I went to a couple of group meetings and got so much out of them. Fortunately for me, I am one of the very lucky ones diagnosed. I am not only in remission, but cured. In closing, may I say that WeSpark was truly my Chemo-Sabe!!! Marlene Levine
Since I got in partial remission from ovarian cancer stage IV, grade III, eight weeks ago, I've been in a survivor's group that meets weekly, groomed and walked a wonderful horse as part of an equine therapy, and taken many yoga and relaxation classes, including Open Your Heart, which got me started getting back into my life after surgery and chemoRx. This is my fifth partial remission since 1998. Thanks, weSpark!
I just joined last week, but I love the concept. I found this organization on the Internet and I am so excited by all their offerings.
WeSPARK is like AA and Alinon for Cancer patients and their families. Every disease needs an outlet program and WeSPARK provides that for everyday people living with the difficulties and hardships of cancer.
I was a "guest" of weSPARK when my mother was undergoing cancer surgery and follow-up treatment. And I was treated like a guest, with respect and positive feelings! I was able to call on services that helped me get through my worry about my mom -- support groups with other family members where I learned about what cancer treatments mean in everyday life, and shared fears and hopes; stress reduction workshops and healthful activities that also helped reduce my stress. My mom survived, and so did I. My life was enriched by finding a community that supported me through that difficult time. Thank you, weSPARK!
Being diagnosed with cancer at 30 is devasting, but thankfully there are organization like WeSPARK to rely on for support, guidance and friendships. They had the only support group around for younger people which I found SO valuable. Their classes and groups are so diverse there is a little something for everyone. Not only did I participate in their support groups but I also took advantage of their wonderful visual imagery classes and yoga. It's a great non-profit that became a second family to me every week. It's truly one of the best non-profits around!
I feel WeSpark has provided a valuable and necessary outlet and support environment for both patient's and family members to be able to cope with the situation at hand. Everyone there is warm and attentive to the needs of the people it is serving.
My friend asked that I help volunteer at a charity golf tourny a couple of years a go for WeSpark. I couldn't believe the outpouring of support people had for such a worthy cause. Helping people with cancer and their support team with free outreach is just phenomenal! What makes WeSpark's services so unique is that it culminated from Wendie Jo's personal experience combating cancer. She knows what kind of support cancer fighters and their support team need in order to survive the treatment and recovery of cancer. I know if I had to recommend a support service WeSpark is at the top of my list.
Hearing the word cancer as it relates to your own life is devastating. I went though the motion of getting the medical care arranged for but my mind and spirit were adrift until I found WeSPARK. Even though I was lucky enough to have a family support system it was the services and people at WeSPARK that provided me with the ability to stay strong and focus on my journey to recovery. It does take a village and I was so blessed to have found them.
I just want to say that I loved WeSpark! Last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and WeSpark help me and my family in many ways. When I was diagnosed, I felt lost, confused, scared, ugly (after I lost my hair), alone, stressed out, and so many more. WeSpark came to my rescue! The people there are amazing!! The Yoga and Qi-gong instructors are amazing!!!! It was a fabulous treat for my soul!!! The counselors are spectacular!! They game me a hand when I needed help with my son. I loved it how they handled it!! I can go on forever. Every person that I met that has been diagnosed with this terrible disease, I share with them about this fafulous place. I know that they'll be satisfy the same way as I did. Thank you WeSpark! Veronica.
I attended a benefit for WeSpark and was very impressed by their services and the people involved with the charity. I only wish their funding matched the exceptional level of their service.
Two of my friends who underwent the terribly traumatic experience of having breast cancer turned to weSpark in search of a dedicated and caring support group. They spoke so highly of the organization that I felt compelled to become a donor. I've also had the opportunity to attend several tai chi classes held there. Seeing those survivors participating in the class and sharing it with them brings a whole new meaning to the words hope and peace. It is indeed a privilege to be part of such a meaningful organization!
This is a wonderful organization, which helps women, their children and their husbands have a safe place to go to get free information and help. It has all different programs helping people to learn to LIVE with cancer
I have heard about weSPARK and its free cancer services - I have seen how much their services benefit their clients. I know their biggest trouble is funding - these women deserve so much! The smiles they bring to their clients faces is worth every penny of possible donations.
Heard they do so much for the moral with people with cancer. It's good to know that so many caring people are out their and really care. Our thanks...Wendy Gerber/ Encino Chamber of Commerce
I have worked with weSPARK as a volunteer with my Temple Women's Auxiliary Group WOW (Women of Wise). In the past three years, our group has donated beautiful hand-made inspirational pillows, hand-crafted yoga bags with mats, Hanukkah family gifts, and journals. Recently, we hosted a cooking class with cancer-prevention nutritionist Pamela Herskovitz. This agency does remarkable work, and we will continue to support them in the upccoming year as well.
I love WeSPARK. It gave me a place to go to speak with counselors about my fears, concerns, questions, yoga, and to bond with others going through the same thing. Wonderful caring environment and everyone is so nice.
We spark is the best. A warm haven for help,hope resources and constant support , always an eternal beacon of welcome in the journey for survival.
I love WeSPARK's Cancer Support Center. They went above and beyond their duty when my sister was in crisis - her husband was in the final stage of his brain tumor and they were fantastic! Very kind, caring and supportive with my sister and her two small children. My overall rating of them is FANTASTIC!
When I was diagnosed with breat cancer and months into my treatment, I was told about this organization from a friend who raved about it. I immediately scheduled an appointment to visit with them. After visiting with them and utilizing their services, I have become a huge advocate on what they have to offer. Now that I am a cancer survivor, I truly feel that they have a very important and much needed service, which should always be made available to anyone diagnosed with cancer. Whether you are a cancer survivor or have the disease, we all need to know that we are not alone.
My name is Bob, my prostate was removed in 1998. Six years later, I started getting a PSA reading. It has been a very slow increase as the count continued to climb. I moved to California from Clearwater Fl, October 2006. A few month's ago in the Oncology office I saw a post card from we Spark. Talk about being in the right place at the right time, I found weSpark. For many, many years(40) I have been a follower and beliver of alternative healing,etc. There are not enough word's to describe the how fortunate we are to have this most loving and giving organization. I only wish they had been in Florida, as I lost my only daughter July 1, 2005. The inspiriation, hope, giving, understanding and love that fills your entire body when you attend their functions. All of the staff, instructor's, counselor's and everyone involved are so very dedicated to the needs of the client. I said to some friend's and family, how lucky that the cancer came back, so I could attend all the fabulous clssses at we Spark. I also feel that listening to the stories and problem's of the other clients, inspires me to help others. Thank you we Spark, we are all so very blessed by your generosity.
WeSPARK is a phenomenal organization that does wonders for the community and beyond! One of my dearest friends is a WeSPARK employee and her love for the organization and the good that it does never ceases to amaze me. Their work is invaluable to the population that it serves, offering a plethora of support opportunities that enhance the healing process for cancer patients, both physically and, more importantly, spiritually. The city of Los Angeles is truly indebted to WeSpark for its work with and promotion of alternative therapies, making them an ideal candidate for the 2009 Cancer Fighters Award. --Jennifer
Located in the San Fernando Valley, weSPARK is a unique cancer support center dedicated to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients. As a volunteer. I am privileged to give of my time there. When you enter the center you are met with a staff of warm and loving people. The atmosphere gives you a feeling of hope. With all the activities and support groups going on you know something magical is going on. People are smiling.
My sister had a long, painful fight with leukemia, which she sadly lost on October 7, 2008. We both enjoyed taking part in weSPARK's numerous activities and programs, such as yoga and talks. I whole-heartedly believe in weSPARK's healing powers because I saw it in my sister's face everytime we would get ready leave for our yoga classes. She enjoyed them so much and it gave us a precious time to spend with each other. weSPARK was truly a healing environment for her and our family, especially the times when her 15 year old daughter was also able to participate in yoga and other activities with us. weSPARK gave us, and his given me, new strength to accept the many challenges we faced while fighting this disease.
I had been volunteering for the WESpark organization for quite a while before I myself was diagnosed with cancer. Not only did my work at WeSpark help me gain insight into the heart of the organization, but it also let me see how many lives the organization touched in the process of helping and healing. It was very comforting knowing that WeSpark was there and about the many powerful assistance tools that they possess.
We Spark offers a unique environment for patients and their families who are suffering with cancer. They give people a place to go where they can garner support and advice. Sherman Oaks is very lucky to have this center.
WeSPARK is an unbelievable place. The support offered here is unmatched. I feel grateful that it exists. Knowing that my good friend was well supported through this organization while she was going through the toughest fights of her life has made me so grateful.
Two years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 endometrial cancer. It is hard to explain how a diagnosis like that affects you. At the beginning facing surgery, chemo, radiation and being told that there is no sure way to get rid of the very agressive cancer that I have, I was overwhelmed. Then I found WeSpark. The people that I have met including guests, WeSpark facilitators and outside people coming in with different programs have mad my cancer battle SO MUCH EASIER!
I am so thankful for WeSpark. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of last year. It was an extremely scary and difficult time for me. WeSpark was referred to me by one of my doctor's. I'm not a person who feels comfortable doing therapy sessions, and wasn't sure what to expect. But I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did. I started off in the "in treatment group". I felt very supported there and was surprised to find that even though each one of us was at various stages of our treatment, and suffered from different types of cancer, that in a lot of cases we were all dealing with the same issues. I developed a bond with quite a few people in the group. When my treatment was over, I was moved to the "post treatment" group - that was in January. And I've been going to weekly sessions ever since. Pamela is a wonderful counselor and the people in that group are people I have bonded with and consider my friends. I feel very supported and am so thankful for that. While I had a lot of support from my sister and my friends during my initial diagnosis and surgeries, that support seemed to drop off after that point. WeSpark gave me the support I needed to deal with my treatment and to help me move on with my life and not let cancer rule it. I have ups and downs, but I know I always have a place to go to and talk about my issues and get suggestions and support. Thank you so much WeSpark and Kim and Pamela for everything!
I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to write a review of weSPARK. We know how busy everyone is. I also want you to know how touched all of us by your stories and reviews, which motivate us to work even harder than ever to serve all your needs. We have also read all your suggestions and have taken them to heart and we are striving to make weSPARK better than ever. Again, thanks to everyone.
I have had Ovarian Cancer for about 6 years. When I first learned of my condition I went to Sparks. It was a wondeful place to go, meet people, talk, do yoga and feel a part of something. I was not alone. This is a great place,and we are so lucky to have a place like this to go too,. Eva Rosenberg
I have not personally utilized the services of WeSPARK, however I have volunteered for this organization with fundraisers for the past 6 or 7 years. I believe, as a cancer survivor myself, that they have a very important and needed mission, which needs to be available to anyone that needs this invaluable service they offer.
I was fortunate enough to help my mom with her successful fight with breast cancer. I went to weSpark ahead of bringing my mom there and found some of the nicest, kind and knowledgeable people I have ever met. I cant really put into words how much my moms expereince there helped in her treatment and after treatment life.
It's been a great experience for my wife , who has the cancer. We have made many friends here. It's a very relaxing atmosphere, which we found from the very first day we came here. Every Friday morning I volunteer to help out whatever is needed. I enjoy everything they have at this place!
I can't begin to thank WeSpark enough for getting me through the most difficult time in my life. Although I had the support of my family, sharing with women facing breast cancer helped me physically and emotionally deal with the diagnosis and treatment. Wendy Jo was my initial contact with WeSpark and she made me feel so welcome and showed a genuine interest in what I was experiencing. The staff was incredible and accommodating. It was a relaxed and caring environment for people facing the biggest challange of their lives. Taking part in the Revlon Run while on chemo is something I never would have done on my own. They encouraged me to participate and that really gave me a morale boost, which is what every cancer patient needs to make it through treatment successfully. I learned to have a positive attitude and to face this monster head on. I'm now a survivor of 7 years and will never forget the loving. caring experince I received at WeSpark.
I am fortunate to have had the honor of supporting this organization from its inception, and blessed to never have had to access the remarkable benefits of its staff and services. As a member of the community I believe that weSPARK is the essence of providing the right support to the most basic needs of people faced with these challenges, and that is compassion and the tools to be a warrior in their own lives. As an artist it is always my honor to support in my own small way by giving of my work and I will continue to do so.
At WeSPARK, you can't help but to feel at home. It's not just not just a place, but an extended family, as from the moment you step foot in the door you can see just how much the staff truely cares. I can't think of a better place to go for support.
We have partnered with WeSpark to bring much needed support to the uninsured patients of the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. By bringing the services to Olive View Medical Center, we have been able to ensure access for our patients. Thank you so much for your dedication to the uninsured!
I came to We Sparks because I am a breast cancer survivor, but also because of a freind who is an actor who died of cancer. I ran into him on the set of Grey's Anatomy a few months before he died. He thought I could do some good there, having lost my breasts to "the Monster." We had originally met on my birthday on a set, and he had offered to buy me lunch. That was just a few weeks before my own cancer diagnosis. I never got to return the favor. I will always owe him that lunch. Even though he was terminal, he was doing what he loved to the bitter end, and I understand that, all too well. We Sparks is a place for people to heal. It is a place for people to connect. It is a place that someone like my friend needed. It may also be a place like someone like you or someone you love may need. -Laura Tull
I couldn't have gotten chemo without WeSpark. The support group was fantastic. I was so scared of my treatment, but with their support,I got through it just fine. Couldn't have doneit without them. I also attended seminars about breast cancer, very educational, with top-notch speakers
I first contacted WeSpark when I was recovering from my cancer surgery in late 2007. I was attracted to the free yoga classes they offered, and I continue to appreciate the way they treat us as whole persons. I truly believe that treating the soul helps to keep cancer at bay. Now that I am back at work, it is harder to fit WeSpark into my schedule, but I am looking forward to attending the post-treatment support group next week! My son was part of the WeeSpark group, when I was in treatment.
I wish they had been there many years ago when I was going through Breast Cancer. But they have been there for me now. They support the community with part of a treatment that the medical profession has ignored in the past-- the human touch.
WeSpark is an excellent organization who was there for me when I was going through chemotherapy for breast cancer. Not only were there people who listened, the events and classes offered are a great help during those trying times of dealing with cancer.
I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer almost 2 years ago at age 38. At first it was going to just be a lumpectomy and I thought I could handle that on my own...but it then turned into another and than a mastectomy,my family was very supportive, but sometimes you can't really talk to them like you can a stranger or someone that has experienced the same things you are going thru. We Spark became an outlet for me to have my own time to deal with everything.We Spark provided many different classes for my body and my mind...there was one to one sessions or groups to attend. It made me feel comfortable to try new things that I may have never been open to before. Everyone was so supportive and helpful, and they understood if you couldnt make an appointment because you were just to tired!! Being surrounded by people that understand is amazing. They also exposed me to alternative healing techniques that really made a difference in my recovery. It was also wonderful that all the services are free. When you are going thru tough times you are missing work and having enough problems paying the rent,if you had to pay for all that they offer you would never be able to afford to go! They helped me tremendously with the healing process. I am very grateful that I was lucky enough to find them and I hope that they will continue with their great services,and actually grow so they can help even more people.
Hello Internet, A close friend of mine, Wendie, started this support group about 15 years ago out of her home in Sherman Oaks. In little time she found a location and a platform to spread her cause of cancer knowledge and awareness through a storefront on Ventura Blvd. This place became a supporting and peaceful environment through which people could explore and delve into their health issue with positivity and encouragement. She created a cost free place where guests can interact in a place that feels like a home and not some room in a building someplace. An environment that was built for you to clear your mind and acknowledge yourself in a stimulating and positive way and let you know that you are not in this by yourself, that you have support from others, who care and have experience. If you or anyone you know is affected by cancer in any way shape or form, I can't suggest WeSPARK enough. It has helped myself and countless amounts of other people battle their biggest battle. Do yourself a favor and call.
My wife was diagnosed with GBM, terminal brain cancer in August 2004. I was a strong man that didn't need help from strangers.... for about 5 months, and then my world seemed to dim and cave in. I had known Wendy from early work and tried the caregivers group. WOW!! what a difference that made in my life. Hearing others that were going through exactly what I was experiencing really help me cope with all my fears and anxieties. When wife passed away in June 2008 I wasn't able to enroll in the grief workshop for several months. Again, just being around and sharing with those that know what you are going thru means everything in a time when you feel so lost. The staff and volunteers at WeSpark are a special group of people that I will never forget for the rest of my life. I really can't put into words what this great organization that Wendy put together has done for my life.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January of 2008. 2 surgeries, 5 months of chemo, 2 months of radiation. The guiding light through it all, and still is, WE SPARK. The classes, exercises and courses offered have truly enriched my soul far beyond anything cancer related, and the love and compassion I have personally received leaves me in awe. This magical place is a blessing that I cannot describe in words...
I attended a grief support group for over a year and a half at WeSpark. It was a tremendous help, and in fact a lifesaver as I coped with the death of my boyfriend after a five-year battle with liposarcoma. WeSpark was the only place in Los Angeles where I found a group that was specifically for spouses and partners who had lost someone to cancer. While their main focus as a non-profit is to provide support for cancer patients and caregivers, the sad reality is that many of us need help when the fight against cancer is not won. WeSpark provides a very important and specific service to those of us who are dealing with the aftermath of an oftentimes years-long fight for survival. The love and support I felt in the group from our counselor and from the other members was unconditional, amazing and incredibly important in my process of dealing with such a devastating loss. I don't know what I would have done without them. And the fact that the service was free was the difference in me being able to attend or not. They are an incredible, necessary resource for those of us whose lives are bent sideways by this terrible disease, and they are so deserving of additional funding to provide more services, as the community touched by cancer seems only to grow. The group I was part of just ended, in fact, after a year and a half, and while it was sad to say goodbye, it was nothing short of miraculous, how far we had all come along the path to recovery. My heart breaks, thinking of the new group waiting to start in our place, but I also know that they will find what they need at WeSpark - warm, loving, accepting and wise counsel as they navigate what is no doubt the most difficult challenge they have ever faced.
After a year of fighting valiently my husband died from cancer in January. The word that kept coming to mind was surreal. Everyone else was living their lives, and mine had stopped. My adult children were in pain,, we were a close family,so I could not burden them.My friends were incredibly supportive but....it was only until I found WESpark that I was able to be with others who were walking in this strange place as well. Our therapist, friend and guide has made our meeting room at WeSpark a safe place to say the outrageous, weep and laugh.No explanations are necessary and the 10 in our group have formed a wonderful supportive bond. The free classes are a gift as well. I do not know where I would be without WeSpark.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago and in this journey I was referred to WeSpark. WeSpark has made the past year easier with all of the support and the programs that they provided to me. I have found everyone at WeSpark to be caring, knowledgeable, and well informed.
There is not safer place like WeSparks. I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had the operation to remove the cancer. I felt the rug was pulled out from underneath me. My head was spinning and I didn't know how to heal. I made appointments and sometimes went daily to WeSparks for 2-4 months. Eventually, I could see again and trust and start to move forward. There is no safer place than WeSparks.
WeSPARK was created by Wendie Jo Sperber because their was an incredible need for mind, body and spirit support for people and their families that were dealing with cancer. I met Wendie as she was organizing her first event so that her amazing dream could become a reality. I am a cancer survivor and when I was diagnosed and going through treatment there was no WeSPARK. I am proud and honored to have been and continue to be a part of a center that offers comfort, support, love and spiritual connection for all those dealing with cancer.
I came to WeSPARK througth a recomendation from a friend, who like myself lost a wife to breast cancer. I have nothing but praise for what this organization has done for me in support of my grieving process. Thank you very much for the wonderful facilitator who guides our group of men and women going to similar experiences and help us though this very difficult time in our lives. I would not miss any one of our sessions for any reason. I also should point aut that other personnel in the center have always been an inspiration to me and made my live easier. Thank you very much. Andrew
There has not been anyone close in my life who has shared their battle with cancer. What I knew about cancer was more rumor than fact, and TV show versions of an emotional death more geared for an Emmy run than the facts of true cancer survival. Then this April I received the drastic news about myself. WeSpark in Studio City, CA not only educated me on cancer, cancer survival, and calmed my fears, WeSpark gave me outlets to express what I was going through and an avenues to meet many others in a safe and loving environment. WeSpark has been outstanding and helping me coupe with the disease, the emotions, the loss finances, family, and even a cut hat when the hair fell out. At WeSpark your not a cancer survivor only - you are part of a loving family and a place you can forget you're different from many others.
I am a two time breast cancer fighter. Recently I joined weSpark after a friend recommended a tai-chi class she ws taking (from Mel). I was in serious need for help in focusing, fighting depression, regaining energy and hope. Although it's been only a month, I cannot begin to tell you what a wonderful experience it's been so far. The facility is comfortable, enviting and homey. Staff and members are welcoming with open arms (for hugs) and warmth. During my treatment journey I resisted organized support, thinking I can do it alone, but I feel differently now. The class is changing my attitude. I look forward to our meetings twice and week and I hope to never stop. It is the best thing that happened to me in a very long time. Ilana
WeSpark is a great cancer support center, especially with the wide variety of different programs offered to not only cancer patients, but family and friends as well. Friendly environment and informative staff. It is a great place to discuss personal issues regarding cancer; with the various support group discussions, relaxing techniques offered for (mind, body and soul). I've learned to manage my concerns and anxiety in a much more productive way.