Our team of Cancer Exercise specialists have been helping patients with wellness since 2003. 

Cancer Wellness for Life's focus is to guide anyone affected by cancer to use exercise to:

  • Reduce side effects
  • Improve function & quality of life
  • Gain strength & muscle
  • Improve body composition
  • Live better longer

Our approach

We work with hospitals, organizations, and individuals at any time in their diagnosis to prepare for and recover from treatment. We develop survivorship plans and provide personal guidance for those living with incurable disease to live better. We support organizations put together everything they need from business model, to marketing, planning and training. 

about our founder - Sami Mansfield

 Sami has diverse experience in both community and hospital based cancer centers, non-profit organizations to help patients live better healthier lives. She sits on advisory boards, planning committees and organizations including MetaCancer, Young Survival Coalition, Barbells for Boobs, the Kirmeyer Exercise as Medicine Fitness Center, and the Johnson County Health Plan. She is a Crossfit® Level 1 coach as well as a certified Cancer Trainer with extensive exercise and nutrician experience.   Sami is an experienced speaker and shares her experience and knowledge for healthcare organizations including the Association of Community Cancer Centers, Susan G Komen, several city Chambers of Commerce, young professional organizations and political groups. She is a sought after speaker who has delivered over 100 presentations to cancer support organizations to cancer survivors and medical professionals with her unique approach to cancer exercise for survivorship.   Sami has collaborated to publish cancer research on topics such as survivor energy balance, fatigue, and exercise and lymphedema as well as her current work in blood and marrow transplant. 

Sami has diverse experience in both community and hospital based cancer centers, non-profit organizations to help patients live better healthier lives. She sits on advisory boards, planning committees and organizations including MetaCancer, Young Survival Coalition, Barbells for Boobs, the Kirmeyer Exercise as Medicine Fitness Center, and the Johnson County Health Plan. She is a Crossfit® Level 1 coach as well as a certified Cancer Trainer with extensive exercise and nutrician experience. 

Sami is an experienced speaker and shares her experience and knowledge for healthcare organizations including the Association of Community Cancer Centers, Susan G Komen, several city Chambers of Commerce, young professional organizations and political groups. She is a sought after speaker who has delivered over 100 presentations to cancer support organizations to cancer survivors and medical professionals with her unique approach to cancer exercise for survivorship. 

Sami has collaborated to publish cancer research on topics such as survivor energy balance, fatigue, and exercise and lymphedema as well as her current work in blood and marrow transplant. 


CEO - Jerry Mansfield

Jerry manages the day to day business and consulting side of Cancer Wellness for Life. He has over 20 years executive experience in healthcare technology ranging from new software development to sales and marketing and leadership. Jerry and his team help our clients on the business and technical needs with items such as CRM implementation, sales enablement, email and digital marketing and business strategy. Some of his experience include UHC, Optum, Anthem, BCBS of MN, HCA and others.

In addition, Jerry leads our WeBuild for Life program, allowing other gyms and organizations roll out our Build program for survivors in other communities. 


Trainer - Wendi Coffman-Stanley

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Wendi started her fitness career over 15 years ago as a group instructor but soon realized that the individuals attending her programs would benefit from personalized instruction and support. Wendi then obtained personal training certification along with the prestigious cancer exercise specialist certification through the American Council of Sports Medicine.

Wendi’s passion is to work with clients building strength, losing weight, gaining functionality and overcoming diseases such as cancer.  Through her countless hours as a group fitness instructor Wendi was approached by many cancer survivors seeking the help of a professional that understands the clinical effects of the disease as well as the fitness benefits. Over the years, cancer has touched her family several times, and then Wendi was diagnosed herself with skin cancer in 2015 She recognizes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, staying strong and connected to her physical as well as emotional strength.


Sami has been an inspiration and a driving force in my life, getting me healthy and helping with a foundation to be active again.
— Jane, Breast Cancer Survivor