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weSPARK Cancer Support Center

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Causes: Cancer, Counseling, Human Services, Mental Health

Mission: weSPARK is a special place dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients, their families and friends. weSPARK provides free of charge, a center where one can join with others to share their experience, strength, and hope. weSpark offers multiple services designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those lives that have been affected by cancer.

Target demographics: cancer patients and their loved ones

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley

Programs: free support groups and a host of other therapeutic and holistic programs. These programs are designed to alleviate fear, anxiety, depression, isolation, and evoke feelings of relaxation and well-being.

Community Stories

72 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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.

2

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

2

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.

2

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.

4

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.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The concern for everyone involved (both cancer patients and volunteers) at WeSPARK is downright contagIous. There is a 'can-do' quality, a sense of optimism that is indeed rare nowadays---

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

such a worthwhile cause and lovely people and best of all weSPARK provides a multitude of resources FREE to families and cancer patients from workshops, to yoga and support groups and counseling and rides to appointments....it is such a shame that their founder Wendy Jo Sperber succumbed to cancer herself, but the legacy she has left is priceless.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Was a guest that participated in a grief group to help recover form the loss of my mother to cancer. Received immense grief relief. I appreciated the free services and groups and wanted to give back by creating an event fundraiser. They are an amazing group of people in an amazing healing environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

weSPARK is comprised of the kindest souls facilitating a peacful healing center for cancer patients, their friends and families. An incredible array of programs all free of charge. 5 stars

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began as a facilitator some years ago. Wendie Jo was active at weSPARK at that time and generated the “spark” in weSPARK. Cancer and laughter, on the face of it, should be in opposition. Not so in the hallowed and cozy weSPARK. Perhaps a little background would give the reader some context. When I was nineteen years old, I lost my mother to cancer. At that time in our history, cancer was a big family secret. “Polite people” handled things, even teenage girls. There were no family support groups. One toughed it out and got on with it. Imagine my delight to find, “as an adult” a place where I could give the thing I had wanted most. Nancy Allen’s insight into how best to showcase the needs of the guests was part of Wendi Jo’s vision. Nancy brought that vision to life as Creative Director. What I get from the guests is far more than I give. Thank you weSPARK staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Almost 10 years ago, I sat with weSPARK's founder, Wendie Jo Sperber, as she described her vision for a place where cancer patients, their friends and families could receive the support they need in a warm, friendly environment. Before her death, she not only realized that vision, but began it's expansion. weSPARK represents the best example of how small, intimate non-profits can effectively serve their communities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been involved in We Spark for almost 3 years.She as a stage 4 metastatic colon cancer patient and I as a caregiver. Both of us rarely miss our respective Tuesday meetings in Santa Clarita.It gives us support,comfort and information from people who are in the same boat as we are.And moderated by a professional versed in these issues. It's a place we can go to get away from the daily bombardment of healthcare,caregiving and well wishing advice of well meaning people. We also participate in yoga classes and various fund raising, golf and fund raising walks. We Spark has given us much comfort and support.Life would have been much more difficult without them. Ron & Irene Singerman Santa Clarita Valley.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We Spark has been a tremendous help to my wife as a cancer patient and myself as a caregiver. We each attend our respective weekly group meetings which has helped us through our 2 year ordeal. We also participate in Yoga twice per week and ny wife attends several other available group gatherings. Our lives have been much more tolerable with We Spark showing us the way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WeSpark is the most loving, beautiful and generous place! i absolutely LOVE providing services for everyone here. it is this exceptional haven for so many on their healing journeys. the value of being seen, understood, loved, supported, and provided for as a whole being (and not just a disease) cannot be overestimated. it is totally heart-centered and not remotely clinical. i recommend WeSpark to people i meet all the time. it is a privilege to work here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for such an amazing charitable orginization was truly inspiring. Hearing the personal stories from others about how much this program has helped and changed their lives was something I'd never give back.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

weSPARK is a special place, like non-other. It offers free services to all persons affected by cancer. It is like going home, you are always greeting by a friendly smile and there is always someone to talk to.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

my name is lea and i volunteered for this organization and had a great time. Everybody there is so nice and helpful

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has helped my family through a difficult time. I am grateful for all of their hard work, dedication and support we have received.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WeSpark is a vitial part of the community serving people battling cancer. All services are free and offered in a homelike environment. My first encounter with WeSpark was five years ago when my husband died of cancer. He had been ill for several years & I was his caregiver. That role took it's toll on me physically & emotionally. The wonderful programs there focused on my grief & return to wholeness. They enabled me to heal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.