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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

264 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started going to We Spark on July 2013. I was diagnosed with Melanoma.
The support that I received from this nonprofit organization is amazing! I feel that WS is part of my family.
Only the people that passed through these trials can understand you much better.
If you have cancer or your familiy members have experienced this disease, don't hesitate to do the interview at WP. You will find support, energy and undestanding.
We are brothers and sisters talking the same language: cancer.
God bless you!
Thanks a lot.

Ann_87

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attend We Spark as much as I can, practically every day. I am recovering from Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant. Sometimes I am very wobbly and fall down a lot. I take Tai Chi, reflexology, group counseling and all the other classes and discussions I can manage.

I am so grateful for their help and services. It is such a happy place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started going to weSpark in early 2010. Found it on line as I was looking for cancer support groups in my neighborhood. No idea it would become the most important place in my life as I went through cancer treatment.
It is just the best. All the support groups, therapists, treatments, classes and staff are skilled and caring.
I have recommended it often and will continue to do so.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is an extremely helpful and caring place at the worst time of your life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Without WeSPARK, I wouldn't have made it! Plain and simple. There is no other place where cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, children, anyone at all involved with someone with this miserable disease, that 'gets it', like they do and the other people you meet who are in your situation. It is a kind and loving and very caring place to go when you are at your lowest. Or getting better. Or not. WeSpark is there for you, through support groups, activities, counselors, seminars, educational info. Everything is free no matter what you are doing. Being a survivor of breast cancer was easier to do because WeSpark was right behind me all the way. WeSpark facilitated my recovery. I am eternally grateful to them for the support and love they gave me. We truly need more WeSparks.

1 Linda275

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a member of wespark since spring of 2012. The doctors found that i had cancer. My husband and i never asked what stage, we just start chemo. I was in a support group that help me to deal with my feelings. They have other great services for cancer clients and families member. And those of u who can't make it to the office there. They will help u over the phone and also online. I will always speak very highly of wespark. God bless them for there services.


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Client Served

Rating: 4

I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER FOR OVER A YEAR. THE SERVICES AND THE PEOPLE WHO PROVIDE THEM ARE WONDERFUL. IF IT IS YOGA, IT IS GENTLE. IF IT IS TYCHE
IT IS SKILLFUL, IF IT IS SPIRITUAL COUNCLING IT IS NONDENOMINATIONAL AND COMFORTING.
THEY HAVE GROUOS AND GUIDED IMAGERY, CREATIVE WRITING AND MUCH MORE. THEY
WERE AND ARE, SUPPORTIVE, AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR THEIR EXISTING AT THE DIFFICULT
TIME OF SO MANY LIVES.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After being diagnosed with a rare, inoperable, cancer (pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors) I felt sonewhat devestated. The hospital social worker reccomended We Spark in Sherman Oaks for complementary and supportive therapies as well as a variety of support groups and special events. Their services are free to cancer patients AND their caregivers. The people at We Spark have been incredibly helpful and supportive. I go there for yoga, reiki massage, reflexology, meditation, art classes, acupuncture, suppprt group sessions, and more. I am so very thankful for their services that help me physically and emotionally deal with having a rare, slow growing cancer. My doctorscsay they have patients who live 10, 15, 20 years after diagnosis and We Spark will be a part of my life for as long as I am able to go there. Not only have they helped me deal with the emotional trauma of living with cancer, I am convinced that the services they provide have helped my bodyvtake tge best advantage of my cancer treatments. They have fun fundraising events like their annual 5/10 K run/walk on the backlot at Universal Studios, their food truck events, movie premiers, and more. I could never afford the kind of complementary therapies they provide and they never ask for money or donations. It is a joy to go tgere as all of the people in the organization are so caring and supportive. I can't say enough good things about this exceptional nonprofit!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am 4 months in remission from cervical cancer. I basically went through it on my own. Trying to keep it out of my children's life's. I am SO thankful to all the volunteers and staff at weSPARK!! The support groups, workshops and different healing modalities available are all amazing. I don't think I would have come as far as I have without their support. I have met some amazing people there with many that I know will be lifelong great friends. I feel like I have a place that I fit in and people understand and don't judge. Their commitment to help others has been a great blessing to me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are great, compassionate and committed. They have changed so many peoples lives in dealing with loss....

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am not a person to share my life with anyone, but my own family. However after my first meeting at weSpark, I was so happy I found YOU and your staff members. Please keep it up - we need you to survive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After I was diagnosed I had no intention of going to a Cancer Support place. But finally I felt I needed something beyond the constant doctor's appointments, and treatments, and medications and well meaning friends and family ... so I begrudgingly thought I would give it a try.
Best thing I ever did. A place of complete understanding, support, empathy, and surrounded by other people going through the same things I was, it became as important to my healing and regaining my strength, mentally, physically and emotionally, as anything else I could have possibly imagined.
The medical industry can only do so much. WeSpark, free to all, is an amazing place for all who are lucky enough to find it.

Client Served

Rating: 4

They have helped me in numerous ways....Wonderful classes that they offer, as well as very caring people on staff...

Anytime one needs to , I can call and get the assistance and caring I need...The people understand what we are going through and have been through and are there to help as much as possible...

Client Served

Rating: 5

After loosing my husband to cancer I started attending group sessions. All of the members of the group had lost their spouse to cancer. The therapist and the group was outstanding

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We Spark was there for me as a cancer patient. I returned to We Spark for a support group when my husband passed from cancer. The therapist and group were wonderful we were there for each other.

Coco L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were introduced to WeSpark by a friend after my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. My husband went to the Men's Support Group. I receive Reiki, Reflexology and other types of body work which I believe has kept me healthy and sane. My husband passed away last year but I continue to receive support from this wonderful organization and I attend a bereavement group there. The others in the group who have lost their spouses help reinforce for me that I am not unusual for what I am feeling and I am not alone. Thanks WeSpark!

Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark was a wonderful, nurturing place for me after chemotherapy. I attended their group sessions with a fabulous group leader and many supportive people. I learned a lot from those meetings that helped me move on from my cancer treatments. The support of the center helped me get through difficult times.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Los Angeles from Hawaii for cancer treatment, and in doing so, left my family and friends support network. Through the remarkable acupunturist I found (a breast cancer survivor) who works with weSPARK, I was able to find a place of unconditional support, care and valuable educational information that helped me get through treatment and being alone in LA. I attended a lecture at weSPARK on what and how to eat during chemo, by a nutritional oncologist, which I am 100% convinced helped mitigate the severity of the side effects. I have passed on the knowledge I learned at weSPARK to other's with cancer, as well as the compassionate care and support I learned and was provided, by weSPARK. WeSPARK is the most deserving and inspiring organization that I have encountered during my journey through cancer. I am forever grateful to everyone connected with weSPARK.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I couldn't have gotten through my treatment without the help of wespark.
They were kind, compassionate, caring and supportive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot express my respect and gratitude for the love and caring that was shown to me in my time of need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough great things about WeSpark.

When my mom, my favorite person in the world, was diagnosed with pancreatic and bile duct cancer, I was beside myself with anxiety, worry, and pain.

I was out of work and spending all my $$ on rent and other life expenses but I learned that WeSpark was a non-profit and I would not have to pay for much needed services.
They have yoga, reiki healing therapy, hypnotherapy, and various support groups.
They have regular counseling with Bonnie Franklin (an excellent therapist) to talk out all ones' anxiety, worry, and pain.

I thank We Spark from the bottom of my heart and urge anyone getting a diagnosis of cancer or those who have a close family member with cancer to check them out.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

weSPARK is such an awesome organization, I don't even know where to begin.

In Nov 2012, my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I was riddled with anxiety about losing the most important person in my life who lived back east. I started searching online for help with how to deal with this horrific disease.
I met with Bonnie Franklin who is a wonderfully caring counselor and also the intake coordinator for the center.
My mom was given 9 months to a year to live...she didn't even make it 8 weeks. My family was devastated.
After her death I began attending weSPARK bereavement group. Although I do not attend weekly, I go whenever I can.
Prior to my mom's passing, I also took yoga at the center. I still go when the sessions work out with my schedule.

I highly recommend this incredibly wonderful organization for anyone who has cancer and for those associated with someone close to them who has this insidious disease.
They offer reiki, hypnotherapy, yoga, and SO much more. Equally important is the ability to meet others who share what you are going through. WeSPARK...THANK YOU!
Allison P

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first entered the weSPARK offices, accompanied by my daughter, I was frightened at my diagnosis of cancer and determined to do something about coping with it. The people there were understanding, kind, and knowledgeable about my situation and suggested I join a small group comprised of people with the same condition. It was exactly what I needed at that time, a place to voice my fears and to hear the problems of fellow sufferers. They suggested I take advantage of the free services of an acupuncturist.
That helped tremendously. I attended workshops that also gave me tools to work with. All services are free, including the care and concern and friendliness of the staff. weSPARK gives its clients hope. It is an organization that is unique and one that I recommend to anyone who is dealing with cancer.