The support group for grown children who have lost a parent has really helped my daughter. We haven't found another group like it. Groups seem to be for either spouses or younger children (not grown ones). WeSpark has something for everyone. It's a wonderful place for those suffering from cancer and those, like myself, who have lost a spouse to cancer.
A wonderful organization for anyone battling cancer. Helpful staff and great support. You can't battle this disease alone, so join a support group or take a healing yoga class or just share experiences and information.....
WeSPARK is a tremendous organization with heart. They have helped so many families dealing with cancer. Their activities and support groups are invaluable to the people who need them. I have been a WeSPARK supporter for years. Their contribution to the community has brought awareness and hope to many who had lost faith that the world could be a better place.
After going through treatment for Stage IV tonsil cancer, I was having a difficult time readjusting to my new life. I found WeSpark in December 2007. I tried several different programs that WeSpark offerred but the best program for me was the Post Treatment Group. I attended the first session and was at first very uncomfortable as I was the only male in the group. At first I thought just get me through the first meeting and not come back the following week. However the group welcomed me with open arms and ended up actually looking forward to every Tuesday night for the next ten months. Pamela always conducted a great session. I could have not made it through my recovery without this group. I have and will always recommend anyone going through the Cancer journey to look for support at WeSpark.
I love WeSPARK. I adored Wendy and I admire her approach to wellness. A member of WeSPARK invited me to the center and the staff just WOW-ed me with their kindness and care. Love heals and this is a terrific place to feel loved. Michael Dudikoff
WeSpark changed my life. They were incredibly nurturing when I needed it. They have a wonderful bereavement group - what a god send. A safe place to talk about my loss with others who truly could empathize with what I went through and the care taking before my loss. I didn't have to be strong or okay or tough - I could just be me and know it went no further. Truly helped and I continue to gain strength from the love and suppport and just plain kindness of the staff and clients.
WESPARK is absolutely the best. The atmosphere is filled with loving kindness. The staff is made up of caring individuals who really go above and beyond what they are paid to do. The workshops, classes and support groups provide so much in terms of camaraderie, networking and information exchange that one always comes out of each and every WESPARK experience feeling positive, hopeful and cared about. It's all about providing what need, while also providing a chance to give help and support to other cancer warriors
the Caregivers Group was a blessing for me and my husband. He learned of WeSpark but by that time was too ill to partake of the services. He encouraged me to go to the Caregiver's Group. I was nervous to even call but I did it for Jerry. From the first call to the tour to the group so expertly led by Stephanie, I felt embraced and comforted. Six years later I am still grateful and calmed by my experience with these great people.
This organization was invaluable when I was first diagnosed with cancer, providing an outlet, support, sounding board, information, etc. I felt lost and they helped me find myself.
In January, 2006, I was in the final stages of Breast Cancer. I learned to make friends with death. I went into remission in August, 2006 and went to WeSpark where I learned to make friends with life. Their programs helped me recover physically, mentally, and spiritually. The staff is warm, loving, and concerned. Their practitioners are professionals guiding their guests (Patients and Caretakers are called guests) to well being with exceptional programs. I’ve been away for a year as I’m recovering from another recurrence. Once again, I’m in stable remission. As soon as I have enough energy to return to the programs at WeSpark, I’m there.
WeSpark has been a life changing place for me. Such support from the staff. I was so scared when I frist walked in the door. Didn't know what to expect. But everyone was so welcoming and the atmosphere was very tranquil, calm, inviting. The women I have met there have been inspirational and encouraging and always ready to lend an ear or shoulder.They offer a wide array of services.
I'm new to WeSPARK and have never before experienced such generous and heartfelt support. I recommend it every chance I get -- to friends, to my doctors, to anyone who might need to help a friend find support for themselves or members of their families. To help them expand and help even more people than they already have is one of my goals. The variety of therapies they offer is stunning in its depth and quality of practitioners.
What a great support! Everyone's unique experiances were so helpful to my own issue. The group was such a relief every visit and helped me feel it was OK to grieve and feel my emotions. I would surely go back if I cancer affected my family again.
My husband died in May 2009. We Spark has been an outstanding resource for myself and my two boys. The counselors are sympathetic and loving. The classes are exceptional
WeSpark is a place of friendship, support and love. I have spent time there and have learned how to live with Breast Cancer. They welcome the whole family. the programs they offer are great and the seminars are even better. The Cancer Community needs more places like WeSpark.
weSpark has been a wonderful support group for my sister is fighting breast cancer and for my nephew and I. The people are warm and understanding and the programs lift the spirits
The staff and professionals they bring in are so kind and loving. My very close friend is fighting cancer and they provide services that have kept her motivated and healthy. During her fight my son was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer and I became a client. They kept me going during the worse of his treatments. This is a wonderful, caring place of refuge.
When they say "Laughter is the best medicine" it is true.The friends at wespark are what Martin was to Lewis and Hope was to Crosby. They needed each other to bring happiness to people lives. Wespark brings joy to so many. The events they host are all about lifting spirits. It just works!!!!!!!!!!!--kk
WeSPARK was a soft place to fall for my daughter and me during our struggle with her lymphoma. Nobody "gets it" like the staff and those who sre in in all phases of the cancer journey.
I was having a tough time accepting a breast cancer treatment protocol and I called weSpark out of desperation. I was so surprised when a counselor was able to talk to me immediately. She was also available to talk to me one-on-one within the hour and I went straight over there. She helped me tremenously to cope with my situation. I saw her about three more times and I became better able to accept my situation. I could not believe that professional help was so readily available in my time need. The staff at weSpark was wonderful and they have an amazing array of programs.
After being diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer in January 2007, WeSpark was an absolute lifesaver. I attended many breast cancer support groups. Took advantage of the yoga, reiki, biofeedback and many other classes. It was a tremendous experience to be with other people that were facing the scary fate of cancer. Everyone is so loving and terrific here and I recommend them to everyone I know that needs the type of support they give.
I had a friend tell me that she was 22 years old and diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins. As expected, she was lost, did not know where to go and who to turn to for help and to listen. I told her about WeSpark, that she should call and get help. That same day, she called and they set her up to speak to someone. I felt I helped her, but I also felt good about WeSpark being there to begin with. WeSpark is a place to heal, grow, form new friendships, but especially a place you can lean on when times are tough.
WeSpark is a wonderful family oriented environment where anyone touched with cancer can feel comfortable to attend the wide array of classes and/or support groups offered to patients and their families of any age. I'm a breast cancer survivor and definitely "not the joiner" type, however, I've found WeSpark to be helpful and supportive at different stages in my personal cancer story. Thank you WeSpark for everything you do and I hope that the community will recognize the help and support WeSpark brings to people and their families touched with cancer.
I feel so fortunate that WeSpark was there for me when I needed it. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was so terrified. My family and friends were very supportive and I really appreciated that but they had never been thru this and so couldn't really comfort me. But when I saw a councilor at WeSpark, she said the most perfect thing: This is a club nobody wants to belong to and I'm sure you want to run out of here but the people here have been through it and we can help. This is what made me want stay and they truly did make me feel like I wasn't alone. I didn't have any money and that didn't matter to them either -- they were there whenever I needed them with classes, wigs for chemo, hats, information etc. Also -- and this is really a big deal to me -- when I was there I also felt I could ask questions that I couldn't voice to my family/friends without scaring them or myself too much. For example: Everybody kept telling me think positive! They of course meant well but with this came more crushing terror and pressure: What if I didn't think positive? Would I make it even worse for myself? How could you not think in an angry and negative way about what is happening to you when you have cancer. This really was a big deal to me. WeSpark let me know that it was okay to be angry and negative if I felt like it -- I wasn't going to magically doom myself by having bad feelings, which sounds weird but you can't imagine the relief. It actually had the opposite affect. They then helped me with activities (yoga, group therapy sessions etc) that put me in a better space to deal with this. I will be forever grateful to them. They truly deserve the Cancer Fighters Award. I know this because I write these words it all comes back and I am getting misty eyed. I am So glad they were there!
I support WeSPARK Cancer Support Center because my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years ago. She received a lot of support from her local (Iowa) cancer support center -- and I know how much it meant to her. So I support WeSPARK in honor of my sister Nancy. Carol Geisbauer
Where do I start-when I found out I had non hodgkins lymphoma---I was in shock--a friend suggested I talk to someone--We Spark was highly recommended---I emailed over there and within minutes Bonnie called me back--set up an appointment for the next day--she got me focused and was firm about me signing up for everything...I was so overwelmed with kindness that I remember saying what can I do for WE SPARK?...she said "don't do nothing, just take care of yourself...WE SPARK was my angel BIG TIME!
I am eternally grateful and thankful that I am able to benefit from the gift that is weSpark. Wendie Jo Sperber had an incredible dream in creating this amazing place -- a place that welcomes you with open arms even on your darkest of days -- a place where you are encouraged to deal with the emotional aspect of a cancer diagnosis and your treatments and a place that has resources to help you and those that you love find what you need. The facilitators empower you to fight this journey and provide you with the tools that you need to continue in your personal cancer battle. The mind, body and spirit connection is present in all of the programs that weSpark offers. No one wants to hear that they have been diagnosed with cancer. It is a life-altering experience. The fact that when I received my diagnosis I was able to turn to weSpark -- that has been a true blessing indeed.
WeSpark is a warm, nurturing and resourceful environment to heal through the various stages of breast cancer. I find that the staff is attentive to the needs of the guests. The creative services offered are leading me on a journey to see that breast cancer is a gift of immeasurable transformation physically, emotionally, and mentally. I will be forever grateful!!!
What a blessing weSPARK is! I found it an incredible resource while I was going through treatment for breast cancer. I attended their "women in treatment" support group every week for many months. Connecting with other women who where following the same journey was very comforting. We'd talk to about chemo, side effects, radiation, bald heads, work and relationships...all guided by a wonderful counselor. I hope to never have to return to weSPARK in this capacity again but I am forever grateful it was there for me in my most trying times. Thank you!!
I started going to WeSPARK a year after my breast cancer diagnosis, as I was depressed and had found nothing to help me move on with my life. I loved the different groups they had, from Yoga, support groups, comedy workshops, and an assortment of others. All the women there were wonderful and I met some tremendously strong men and women. The only reason I don't go anymore is I moved out of the area. They are a fabulous group and well deserved of your support. Thank you Marie Harrington Mariposa, CA
As a guided imagery facilitator at WeSpark, I know how valuable this organization is to so many people with cancer. It offers connection, community, support on so many levels to those going through crisis. There should be more groups like this one.
WeSpark is a LIFESAVER! I attended a weekly bereavement support group and found community, understanding and help in coping with my grief after my wife died from breast cancer. I can't say enough about the program, the facilitator and the center. I've been to other bereavement groups and they don't compare.
We Spark was there from the beginning and had every intention to stay with me as long as it took. During after and in between I had a friend a phone call or a 10 min. ride away. weSpark is the greatest origination because people came from all places and each had a story to tell that made you feel like you were not in the battle of cancer by yourself. I can go back when ever because now I am part of weSpark for life. It knows where your heart is and keeps you in the real world with your hand held.
I found I had breasst cancer this year and was directd to WeSpark by the breast care coordinator at Kaiser Panorama City. I was very pleased to find the resources there. At my "intake" interview I found a warm, friendly and supportive atmosphere in a comfortable, homey setting. I have been to a few Tai Chi classes and have signed up to attend some workshops that are of interest to me. It's nice to have such a lovely, supportive resource nearby.
I Had heard of WeSparks a while back, but unfortunately didn't go to them until my husband died in October. I am so happy that I went they have been an exceptional help to me. The grief group I attend is incredible and I have made many new friends. The support of weSparks well I just cannot sing their praise enough. Thank you very much for being there. I tell everyone about them and their programmes.
wow - what an amazing place. thank the goddess for wespark. such great support for me these past 15 months. wonderful yoga and relaxation classes. support along the way - info & a library. great staff - i even learned to play maj jong! LOVE IT check it out!
Working the Wendy Jo Golf Classic with WeSpark was such a rewarding experience. They are one of the most organized volunteer organizations I've had the pleasure of working with, and I will continue to help them in an effort for endless success.
WeSPARK is a tremendous organization that does amazing things for a great cause. All WeSpark events are extremely fun and the people great.
At WeSPARK I am able to relax and feel at home. The support system has been strong and consistent in helping me cope with cancer. The array of support groups has topics to fit everyone's needs and I look forward to going there to network, learn, cry and laugh. I love WeSPARK. It is nice to know there is somewhere to go when I start to feel overwhelmed by my cancer. Thank you WeSPARK!
Over the past 4 years I've been fortunate to witness to the wonderful work WeSpark is doing first hand. Their support of families dealing with Cancer is something to behold. From their hands on approach in support of families dealing with this dreaded disease to their fund raising activities that make all this work possible, WeSpark is a tremendous organization.
As an individual battling cancer currently, I appreciate the support and services they offer not only to me but my family members as well who as you know face hardships as well.
weSPARK is an amazing place dedicated to helping, encouraging and teaching. This place has become a home where people can share stories, tears and courage and learn to live with and overcome the fears taht accompany this ugly disease called Caner.
We spark is a great organization. Filled with lots of love and great family programs. They are compassionate and caring people. If I knew anyone battling cancer I would absolutely send them to the WeSPARK Cancer Support Center.
WeSpark has provided a sanctuary where cancer patients like myself can feel accepted, safe and valued, where we can laugh and cry, hope for the best and prepare for the worst without burdening our loved ones with the gruesome details of this horrible disease. WeSpark has provided my family with first-class services that we couldn't possibly afford on our own. They have also helped two of my close friends successfully battle throat and ear cancers. Every day I thank God for the WeSpark Staff and Donors, as well as the cancer warriors they generously and selflessly help.
The founder of this organization (WendiJo Sperber) a beautiful human being, worked tirelessly and dedicatedly to make WeSpark into a top notch nonprofit. She was an inspiration to us all and her work is carried on by dedicated and loving people who really care about you. I highly recommend this organization. The people here touch your lives and see possibilities...In living life fully with the hand that is dealt and in finding new ways to cope and deal. A hug when needed, an ear and helpful programs to make what is normally a confusing and difficult time much smoother and a more hopeful experience. Thanks for all that you do!
Wonderful support provided by a caring staff all for free to our guests. I am very lucky to be involved with this organization.
WeSpark has been a tremendous place of support for me as a caregiver. I was first greeted with a warm intake interview where I was able to talk and share my experience with someone who finally understood what I was going through. A caregiver support group was offered to me which I attended regularly on Thursdays. Again, it was a place where I could cry and get my feelings out with others who were going through the same thing as I. I myself have received great benefits from other therapy's offered there, such as Qi Gong, Raiki therapy and hypno-therapy/guided imagery. WeSpark is a place where I know I can go any time for emotional support, to relax or just escape from the realities of my situation. Frankly, I don't know what I would do without the haven and services offered there. It has truly been a blessing on my life.
weSPARK is a haven away from home. Once you walk through the door you are greeted with smiles and friendly hellos. Alexandra is the receptionist; she sets the calm tone for us with her friendly hello. I usually attend the yoga classes, and have found inner and outer strength. I have made friends with whom I know I will enjoy long relationships.
I am a multiple cancer patient diagnosed with both brest cancer and CLL. The many no charge activities at the WeSpark center in Sherman Oaks has help me get thru many difficult days. I particulary enjoy the Tai Chi Class which has improve my body and mind, I look and feel younger and healthier. Thank you. Kathy.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I also had a tumor in my brain, and throughtout all this weSpark has been the best therapy I could have had to recover from all this. There are many cancer patients and survivors who cannot afford classes and, for me, taking taichi has been a life saver. I love weSpark and I love what they do for people who desperately need help with the emotional and psychological aspect of the illness. Taichi has helped me achieve the inner peace that I needed so badly. I hope we weSpark is around for as long as cancer patients and survivors need it. Thanks to the lady that so wholeheartly runs this institution and also thanks to their staff.
My friend has received so much support and services during her recovery from cancer such as contacs and tai chi classes. i think that center is the best thing that can happen to a cancer patient when it regards to support and eccovery.
I recommend weSPARK's support services to all persons affected by cancer. The staff is extremely supportive and the environment welcoming and warm.
I've been a volunteer for 4 years now. I originally got involved with the non-profit through the company that I worked for when weSpark came by looking for some volunteers. After finding out what they did for cancer patients and their families I instantly felt great respect for these people and their cause. I lost my Grandfather years ago to cancer and I felt like it didn't allow me to meet the man I feel like I'm most like. weSpark allows people like me to learn to cope with the fight against cancer, even if it isn't always a winning battle.
I contacted and became involved with Wespark shortly after being diagnosed with cancer of the right tonsil in January, 2009. In a few days I had undergone, or rather begun, a transformation in my self-perception. I had seen myself as a healthy and physically fit man. Suddenly, I became a man with an aggressive tumor, faced, as was my family, with intensive treatment. When I contacted Wespark, the Program Director, in response to my statement that I needed to talk to people who really understood cancer and treatment beyond being supportive said, "We do speak a different language here." Wespark has provided me with exactly the level of understanding and caring I have needed. Wespark is small, community-based, intimate and emotionally accessible. I have learned many things there and felt much love and humanity through its' groups and workshops. Now that I am "post-treatment," I see Wespark as a place where I can continue to get understanding, and where I can be of service to others.
I am relatively new to WeSPARK, but not too new to rave about the organization!! The caring staff and the wonderful services they provide are amazing! From early in the A.M through the evening, there are individual and group actvities...to name a few: yoga [all kinds], tai chi, and creative writing, stretching and jewelry making classes, individual qi gong, reiki, guided meditation and energy healing sessions available to survivors and their families at no cost. The center has a homey, comfortable atmosphere, where a basket of fresh fruit is available. Initially, i was hesitant to go to the center, but because i had heard so many people i respected in the cancer community recommend it, i dragged myself there, protesting all the way. fortunately, the center is close to home, and before i could turn around, i found myself in the lobby, awaiting my intake interview. the woman i met with was compassionate, welcoming and "normalized" my experiences. She explained what the center offered and how it came to be--all very impressive! The staff at the "front desk" are kind, considerate, thoughtful and ALWAYS make me feel welcome. They will call and advise if a cancellation has created an opportunity for me to have a session that has become available! how's that for "personal" service?!! This organization is founded on the basic principles of providing help in all sizes and shapes. There is a lovely outdoor area where one can relax, and an inviting kitchen completely stocked w/ goodies which one is encourage to partake. To date i have only had the 1:1, individual services. i would rate each and every one OUTSTANDING!!!!! i have entered the center more often than not drained and exhausted from the ravages of chemotherapy. i have consistently left feeling not so alone, and always rejuvenated by the experience of the staff and the setting. It is my pleasure to give this center AN EXCELLENT rating, and i encourage any and all to make use of their many varied services.
If you're a cancer patient or a caregiver, weSPARK is the place for you. All of your needs can be met - physical and emotional. There is yoga and Tai Chi. There are numerous meditation classes, and creativity is seen to through creative writing, jewelry making, collage making, even drumming circles. It's wonderful to be busy, but the main point is that you'll find many people that lift your spirits and to share ideas with. It's hot!
I have been priveledged to be part of weSPARK since the very beginning. Wendie Jo, our beloved founder was a dear friend of mine. Since our doors opened in March of 2001 I have enjoyed being part of creating this most loving, nurturing and healing center. In a warm homelike environment families and individuals can find an oasis during a challenging and frighteneing time in their lives. On a daily basis I see people benifiting from the healing services and rebuilding their bodies and lives. I hear laughter and tears coming from the rooms as our guests share their stories with each other. I am trully the luckiest person in the world to work in this loving evironment.
I have seen first hand how wonderful an impact WeSpark has on its volunteers, clients, and community members! A close friend has been volunteering with WeSpark for awhile now and her stories alone of the work and classes she does warms my heart. She and the organization have been incredibly welcoming. What an amazing organization! Thank you!
"Wespark" has been extremely helpful to me during my time of grief. I love attending my Thursday evening grief support group. I am very thankful to WeSpark because I have other people to talk to about what I am going through regarding losing my son to cancer. Our (2) therapists are loving, kind giving, serving women: Sharon and Tara. Also, Lenora is a wonderful friendly receptionist/office worker. WeSpark is an absolute necessity to the Santa Clarita Valley Community.
I recently started volunteering at weSPARK and the experience has been truly inspiring. It has been in interacting with guests in the halls, out in front and even in the parking lot, that I discovered the power of weSPARK for the many lives it touches. I remember a moment when I first talked to a guest about our services and seeing her the next day. It was her face, as she recognized me and said hello with a smile, that made me realize how powerful weSPARK's work is. It is a community of experiences, a place of love. I value my time at weSPARK for each smile in the kitchen, the sound of classes in the rooms and the laughter of guests before yoga. This is a place of strength and healing and that is wonderful to be a part of.
weSPARK has helped both my wife, a cancer patient, and myself a caregiver. They provide all the possible services we can use never asking for a cent. They do constantly let us know of new activities we can participate in at their two locations in the Los Angeles area. They are wonderful people always willing to help and direct us to services elsewhere if they cannot provide to meet our needs. Truly an organization that does exactly what is needed by cancer patients and their caregivers and family members.
We Spark kept my friends moving in a positive direction. They were able to deal with marital and personal issues related to the cancer in their family currently. I vote for this organziation for the award.
WeSpark has been able to renew my life, to get me started back on track to full and product full life, Thanks to Staff, Voluntiers and Guest
My experience with weSpark is as a volunteer. I do not deal with the clients directly however, I can feel the healing environment each time I walk in the door. The atmosphere is quiet and warm. The other volunteers I have worked with along with the staff are kind and loving. I look forward to my days at weSpark and feeling even better each time I walk out the door.