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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

Client Served

Rating: 5

I know of no other charity that provides the kind of amazing services that weSpark offers to not only cancer patients, but also their family and friends. Theey have mad a huge difference in my life and i will always be grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have reached my five year mark after having stage three breast cancer. Not only did I receive the traditional treatment from an outstanding hospital, but I can honestly say We Spark's contributions and caring attention have lead to a healthier lifestyle and positive attitude regarding living my new second chance at life!
Writing does not express my full gratitude. K

Client Served

Rating: 4

WeSpark is an amazing place that offers comfort during a very terrifying time in your life.
The staff is kind very welcoming. The offer an array classes and events which give you
guidance and answers to your concerns. I always feel such a fellowship when I am there.
When I was going through treatment, WeSpark was a lifeline.

Client Served

Rating: 5

With Wespark, I find consolation and comfort in my most fearful moments. Wespark helped me gain strength in spirit, physical and emotional. The environment and program it provides, not to mention the helpful and caring attitude of its staff makes your day to day worthwhile. With Wespark, You can never go wrong.

Client Served

Rating: 5

weSPARK is a precious resource for me and the other clients it serves. It is a place where people impacted by cancer can come for healing of soul and spirit, and gain inner-strength for their fight against their illness. I have felt welcomed and safe here, and weSPARK has made a difference in how I go forward in life.

Lisa281

Client Served

Rating: 3

A diagnoisi of Cancer makes one reevaluate thier reason for living. WeSPARK offers alternative healing and various other programs to make living with and healing from Cancer a community so one doesn't feel alone. I am very grateful for this organization as they offer these services on a donation basis which helps with the overwhelming health care costs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my wife to cancer of the uterus after a 3 year battle. weSPARK was there with unsurpassed free emotional support every step of the way both for the patient, my wife, and for me, the caregiver. There were support group meeting weekly, and weekly activities for both physical and mental well being. This fine organization really gets and supplies what a cancer patient and their family needs while in treatment and beyond.

RogerHolzberg

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have watched weSPARK grow over the years and become, almost a household word, in the Los Angeles valley. I meet strangers weekly who all know of weSPARK as the place where friends and family received comfort and care while dealing with a cancer diagnosis. I love that fact that they are constantly innovating with new programs and fundraisers - from gourmet food truck nights to 5k/10k walk/runs on studio backlots.

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Rating: 4

I have been to weSPARK while a patient, and as the (consulting) creative director at the National Cancer Inst. The weSPARK staff is never too busy to provide assistance, comfort and education, and the center has some of the best community outreach and fundraisers I've seen. They also serve as the "bricks and mortar" meet up space for the adolescent and young adult cancer support .org I2Y - bravo weSPARK!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Going through Breast Cancer treatment is hard enough. But when you have others that understand what your feeling makes coping a little easier. The therapy sessions that I attended helped me through this very difficult time and allowed me to express my inner most thoughts. The women I have met have been great and the entire staff is wonderful. The classes that are offered to us like yoga, help heal us both physically and mentally. To have a local center that offers so many services to women going through cancer is a contributing factor to all of our healing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have breast cancer and am on a very limited budget,so the free services at WESPARK are a lifesaver, LITERALLY. I take yoga classes every week, and have tried tai-chi and energy balancing. I also use their in house therapist for the psychological problems cancer has created in my life. It is relaxing and clean, and everyone is so helpful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May and have utilized many of the services at WeSpark; support group, yoga, reflexology, LookGoodFeelBetter, and more. What a great resource. They have also made excellent recommendations to outside professionals (acupuncturist, psychologist).

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a client a few years ago in one of their grief support groups. Lost my wife to breast cancer in 2009. I remembered meeting Nancy Allen years before and still had her card. I called when I felt I needed help with my grief. They were so supportive and the group I was in was a very close and compassionate group.

Nancy Allen is the best. I try and donate to them when I can and attend some of their events. This is an A number one group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

weSPARK Cancer Support Center has touched the lives of so many people living with cancer or caregiving someone with cancer. I am not the support group type, yet weSPARK has so many options for people like me, a survivor who prefers things like yoga and qigong classes, or one-on-one sessions with healers and acupuncturists, all free of charge.

The San Fernando Valley is blessed to have such an innovative caring non-profit organization in our backyard! Thank you weSPARK!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I humbly request that weSPARK Cancer Support Center be considered for the highest of the 2013 Top Rated Awards. weSPARK is a treasure in the San Fernando Valley! They offer support in a huge variety of ways, from specific groups, to Qigong, Yoga and Tai-Chi, to one on one encounters with experts who share their talents with cancer patients, their families, and caregivers. I cannot imagine how I would have gotten through the last 8 years of my life without them...

Although there are many different support groups offered at weSPARK, I'm not the "support group" type. Instead, I focus on classes in Qigong, Stress Release and other Meditations, Restorative Yoga and especially the one on one sessions with many fine healers who give so much to weSPARK. I deeply benefit from numerous Infinichi Qigong sessions, enjoy the gentle touch of Reiki practioners, and am soothed by the experienced hands of a master acupuncturist.

At this point in history I doubt there is anyone who hasn't been touched by cancer in some way, either personally, someone in the family, or a friend. If you are one of those people and you live anywhere near the San Fernando Valley, I highly recommend you visit weSPARK and join or help in whatever way you can.

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ltimsit

Client Served

Rating: 5

We spark is a godsend for anyone struggling with cancer. The staff are all warm, welcoming, and caring and have supported and loved my children through this difficult journey.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2003, leaving me to raise 3 small children. This organization has been a god send. They love my children dearly while looking out for me and my well-being. (Entered by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review on behalf of reviewer)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so greatful that I was directed to we spark in 2010. I was diagnosed with Waldenstroms Macroglobulinemia and scared to death about what the future held. I joined the mens group, and over the last three years I have been amazed at how my attitude and outlook have changed. The other men in the group display strength and honesty about their condition, which helps me to gain insight and also helps me to focus on the moment and has taught me to be more loving and aware about what really is important in my life, my wife, children and grandchildren . Steve, our fearless leader is so informed about the cancer community and the lastest and greatest innovations, that I feel assured about being able to fight the good battle with his and the group members help. The other services like massage therapy and hypnosis are super. Can't say enough good things about We Spark...love the people and and the services. Alan B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great nonprofit that has many services that cancer patients can take advantage of. Fitness classes, workshops, books and wigs are just a few of the services they offer. There is also a huge area that has flyers with referrals. I actually found a place that was giving out free wigs through here! The people that work there are warm and friendly and all the services are free. It's a great place to go when you have been diagnosed with cancer and need a helping hand.

1 Susan246

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2012. Medically, it was easy to find research and get information and support from doctors. But emotionally, I needed more. I had seen WeSPARK when I had directed in the neighborhood years earlier but never imagined I would need their services. From the beginning, I was treated with grace and dignity. Bonnie Franklin is a wonderful therapist I had worked with before. Tara and all the other facilitators in the in-treatment and post-treatment support groups are gentle, loving people who listen and who understand. WeSPARK gave me -- and still gives me -- a place to go to cry, to rage, to weep, to hurt and to heal. Without them, I don't know how I would have gotten through treatment and the past six months since my treatment ended. It's good to know their doors are open to me as long as I need them there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a participant at weSpark, and it has been a life-changing experience for me. I have received a lot of support through the different facilitators there as well as the participants. The classes, workshops, groups, energy work, and the people there have been wonderful. It's a place like no other. I have also made some very good friends there. We have all been through the cancer challenge in one way or another, and it creates a bond. It is a great place to come for anyone dealing with cancer in their life or the life of a loved one.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

weSPARK has made a huge difference in my life in so many ways! The services that I have received there have been life changing. I have participated in the guided imagery group, the writing group, qi gong, energy sessions, many workshops, the power of play...and so many other wonderful classes. I have healed and grown in so many ways that are very much noticed by me and others. I don't know what I would have done at such a difficult time in my life, or who I'd be without weSpark's amazing services. The wonderful people I have met and the friends I have made have also been part of the life changing process at weSpark.

Candy S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tell your story here and help others understand this charityWespark welcomed me with open arms after my cancer diagnosis in 2004. There I found a place where I could cry, laugh, hurt, heal, and have questions answered. I am and will always be grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSpark provided me with invalable information and support when I needed it most. They welcomed me with open arms from the moment I entered their space. I will always be grateful for their healing spirit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WeSPARK helped me tremendously during a time when I was fighting for my life. I appreciate the variety of services they offer, from many support groups, to yoga, qi-gong, tai-chi classes, arts and crafts and one on one sessions with reiki and other healers. Personally I find the one on one experiences help me the most. I also enjoyed the qi-gong and yoga classes. Through all my experiences the staff at WeSPARK were always compassionate, helpful, and giving. I have highly recommended WeSPARK to friends with cancer and their caregivers and will continue do so. WeSPARK deserves to be recognized as a gem in their field and they should be awarded accordingly. Thank you for reading my review.