Mentoring Children & Families FAQ
Who is Sally?
Sally is our founder’s mother. She was a single mom with two kids when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She passed away in 1984 when her children were teenagers and inspired our founder to create this mentoring organization tied to cancer.
What is the WWS mission?
Walk With Sally is dedicated to providing free mentoring support programs and services to children whose parents, guardians or siblings have cancer or succumbed to cancer.
Does WWS have a walk?
No, We walk everyday creating a community to share love and support for those affected by cancer
What is White Light?
White Light White Night is our largest fundraising event of the year. This is our version of a typical charity gala. This summer event includes a “Taste of Los Angeles” with samplings from 25 restaurants, signature cocktails and wine, a live and silent auction, and a live musical performance.
Why do you call your signature event White Light?
White Light was something that Sally used to meditate on when she was undergoing treatment for cancer. She would focus on the White Light with her sons.
How long is the matching process?
The matching process varies in length, but can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months depending on the requirements of the mentee and/or mentor.
What is the mentor commitment?
Every mentor is asked to commit to a year-long relationship and to spending 6-8 hours per month with their mentee. Research has shown that anything shorter can be detrimental.
What is the average length of a friendship?
Our friendships must last for one year, but Walk With Sally is proud to say that our average friendship life is 2.94 years. We even have friendships that have lasted 6,7 and 8 years!
What is FTK?
#FTK – Here at WWS everything we do is “FOR THE KIDS”. We also work with FTK Social Club – an organization for young professionals who want to “do good” on behalf of Walk With Sally.
How long has WWS been around?
Walk With Sally started matching Friendships in 2005. Fun fact: Founder Nick Arquette was the organization’s first mentor when he started meeting with his mentee, Housanny.
How many friendships do you currently have?
We currently have 95 friendships and are growing every day.
What are some other ways you support families and children impacted by cancer?
While the Mentor Program is our cornerstone program, we offer our HeART to Home art healing program, Temporary Family Support, Friendship Activities, Fred’s Future Young Leaders Scholarship, Molly’s Corner and continue to offer our knowledge about other resources that may be beneficial to the families in our program. To read more about all of our programs please click on the “Our Programs” tab.
How can I help?
We are always looking for people who are willing to volunteer their time to our organization. No matter what you are able to offer, we can find a way for you to make a difference for our families and children. Click on our “Volunteer” page to send us your info.
I want to be a mentor, how do I qualify?
Mentors must have a direct cancer story, live in Southern California, commit to one year with the mentoring program and 6-8 hours each month getting to know their mentee.