Our Mission

The Cancer Core Recovery Project 501(c)(3)provides educational workout videos, instructional training manuals and develops exercise programs for cancer survivors to help rehabilitate their bodies after surgery.  Women with Pelvic and Abdominal cancers as well as women who have undergone TRAM Flap reconstruction surgeries is what inspired the Cancer Core recovery Project .

About Us

Emilee Garfield, Creator of the Cancer Core Recovery Project

Emilee Garfield, Creator of the Cancer Core Recovery Project

The Cancer Core Recovery Project is an organization whose mission is to help individuals recovering from cancer overcome their body’s new limitations post surgery and treatment so they can live a better quality of life.

Emilee created the Cancer Core Recovery Project after her own battle with Stage III C ovarian cancer. While struggling with a new ileostomy, incontinence and internal tissue damage from previous cancer surgeries and radiation (from as far back as her early childhood), she returned to work as a Pilates and movement educator.

Emilee (middle row, far left) is among the winners of the 2017 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards.

Emilee (middle row, far left) is among the winners of the 2017 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards.

She was frustrated to find limited resources locally about how to exercise safely with an ileostomy bag. Teaching Pilates, yoga and as a movement educator for 18 years, Emilee understood the human body. She was aware that movement was essential for her recovery and improving her quality of life.

Emilee created her own recovery program to get back on her feet and this method became The Cancer Core RecoveryⓇ exercise programs that she teaches to other cancer survivors and the medical professionals who treat them.

The Cancer Core RecoveryⓇ  program is uniquely designed for:

  • Pelvic Wellness (helps with Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction)

  • Strengthening Abdominal Muscles

  • Individuals living with Ileostomy

  • Women who have undergone TRAM Flap Breast Surgery

  • Men who have undergone Prostatectomy

  • Radiation Therapy Damage

  • Increasing Flexibility & Mobility

  • Decreasing Anxiety & Fatigue

  • Improving Self-Esteem & Body Image

  • Helping release fears associated with moving the body after surgery

She recognized that strengthening the core muscle group went way beyond sit ups. Emilee began to research how to safely strengthen the internal muscles deep inside the pelvis, which are difficult to feel and are often overlooked.

The Cancer Core Recovery Project's research team also focuses on how to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors years down the road.

Many long term side effects such as lower limb lymphedema, osteoporosis and scoliosis (childhood cancer side effect from radiation) can show up months or years post-surgery and treatment.

Although there is no cure and sparse research material for lower limb lymphedema from pelvic and abdominal cancers, current research proves the benefits of movement and exercise.

We seek to bring awareness and encourage more research for women with ovarian cancers and associated late side effects.

Donate today to help a cancer survivor recover their body safely with the Cancer Core Recovery Program. Click HERE to visit our donation page.


About Our Programs:

Cancer Core RecoveryⓇ  is an 8 week educational, inspirational and motivating program of the exercises in my training manual, coming in November 2018!

Cancer Core Recovery Project is focused on bettering the quality of life of cancer survivors who suffer from the long term side effects after radiation damage to the pelvic region.


Executive Board:

Emilee Garfield, Executive Director

Jeanne King, Secretary

Ken Henessee, Treasurer

Jennifer Drury, Legal Advisor

Leasha Berry, Patient Advocate


Medical Advisory Board:

Llana Cass, MD. Gynecological Oncologist, Cedars-Sinai. Focuses her work on molecular biology of hereditary gynecological malignancies.

Frederic Kass, MD. Oncologist, Cancer Center. Santa Barbara, CA. 

Suzanne Martin, DPT. Pilates Therapeutics.

Beth Moore, MD. Colon and Rectal Surgeon, Cedars-Sinai.

Alex Rogers, MD. Urology, Santa Barbara.

Jason Snibbe, MD. Orthopedic Hip Institute. Beverly Hills, CA.