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Review for weSPARK Cancer Support Center, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I'm thrilled that I survived a 2005 diagnosis of bladder cancer at the age of 59. However, one of the side effects of cancer at my age was the loss of my employment as an attorney following 7 months of recovery and the ultimate dissolution of my entire department due to restructuring and the economy. I have been lucky enough to manage on savings, but the little pleasures in life became big indulgences on my more limited unexpected early retirement budget. So, when I heard about a free yoga class at an organization called WeSpark, I thought I'd try it out. I can't speak more highly of my experience. Walk into the unassuming strip mall storefront, and you enter a small, intimate lobby carefully crafted in soft comforting tones. A cheery greeter welcomes you, and top flight yoga instructors are there to share their knowledge. WeSpark offers all sorts of programs including jewelry making, reiki, painting, etc. in the company of others who have been through similar experiences and their care givers. In this atmosphere it is natural for the guests to talk and encourage each other based upon their own experience of healing. This is an amazing organization and has helped me become whole again. My husband, caregiver and real saint in my recovery story, even signed up for yoga. We both feel incredibly blessed that WeSpark is in our community. I am active in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. But, I have to say honestly that my heart belongs to WeSpark! Every community should have an organization like it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that every time I show up at their front door I feel like I've come home. My heart opens and I leave with a smile.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do exactly what they are doing now.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that good people with a vision can make a difference in real lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, qualified and inspirational.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve other communities. We feel so lucky, and I almost feel guilty that there are not that many locations (I believe only 2).

Ways to make it better...

I can't imagine how this experience could be better, unless the space expands to accommodate more people.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial. I'm so grateful, that even though I'm living on Social Security, a Pension, and savings, and have unpaid debts, I contribute when I can. It is just that great.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Please consider this organization for your award. It is small so not that many people know about it, but it should have branches available to cancer survivors everywhere.

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Role:  Client Served & I engaged in healing activities.