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.


Physical Therapist - sarah saulsberry MPT, COMT

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Sarah graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2006 with her Master’s in physical therapy.  She has practiced in inpatient rehabilitation and home health care with the majority of time spent in outpatient therapy.  Sarah has specialized in the area of orthopedics and manual therapy in the physical therapy clinic.  She enjoys problem solving with patients to help them reach their goals-no matter how big or small. 

Sarah’s passion in oncology is being an encouraging resource for patients to keep active and keep fighting.  She strives to help each patient find a way to incorporate activity into their life to improve quality of life in all stages of cancer treatment and survivorship.  Sarah has developed a functional physical assessment for wellness patients to develop a baseline and measure physical changes in patients and is developing a wellness program for the head and neck cancer population to improve patient outcomes both during and after treatment. 

 Sarah is proud to call Kansas City her home and lives with her husband and two small children.  She stays active by chasing her kids, hiking and doing yoga. 


Cancer Exercise Specialist - Emily Wyatt

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Emily has always had a passion for health and wellness. Growing up she was involved in basketball, volleyball, track, and golf. But, it wasn’t until her second year into college where she really discovered the area of work she was meant for. “I was working with patients who were not only struggling with their weight and other health issues, but also overcoming fears that were holding them back from living their best life.  Helping them overcome those obstacles was one of the best rewards.” She’s dedicated, with a big heart that desires to help better the health of those around her.

She graduated from UMKC with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science. Emily has been in the healthcare field for over six years now and her passion for fitness continues to rise. She currently stays active by boxing, CrossFit, running and hiking. She currently sits on the board of Living In Vitality and is working on her personal training certificate.

She believes staying active is much more than just keeping your body in shape, but also taking care of your mental, emotional, and spiritual health as well.


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.

Jerry is a Crossfit® Level 1 coach and leads our WeBuild for Life program, allowing other gyms and organizations roll out our Build program for survivors in other communities. 

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