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