This is how a cancer diagnosis turned into a mission of spreading the power of a plant-based lifestyle.\u00a0 One in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer annually throughout the United States. In 2003, Amelia Kirchoff faced this reality while living on her working farm in Viola Wisconsin. When someone receives a cancer diagnosis their world changes, and Kirchoff\u2019s diagnosis was no exception. With help from her daughter Jola Sonkin, Kirchoff decided to fight cancer with a macrobiotic, plant-based diet in addition to a local lumpectomy. In the face of adversity, the two bonded, fought cancer, and Kirchoff won.\u00a0 \u201cOver the course of that year, I gained more and more confidence in the fact that food and what we put in our bodies is really important, and it was a huge wake-up call,\u201d Kirchoff said. How a Cancer Diagnosis Became a Recipe for Success During her battle, Kirchoff created the MacroBar recipe in her Wisconsin family farm kitchen. In the years following, Kirchoff and Sonkin began spreading the message of the benefits of a plant-based diet, balanced lifestyle, and conscious practices through GoMacro. Since the brand\u2019s launch in 2004, it has grown from selling MacroBars at local markets throughout the Midwest to national distribution in more than 25,000 locations. The mother-daughter owned business now offers 16 delicious flavors. The two newest additions -- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Maple + Sea Salt -- helped meet consumer demand for more nut-free MacroBar options. Prioritizing the needs of their growing consumer base is essential to the brand\u2019s mission, which includes several soon-to-be-announced product innovations in 2020.\u00a0 All of the seed and nut butter-based nutrition bars are made with simple, sustainably-sourced ingredients. The bars are certified organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, and soy-free. They\u2019re made without refined sugars, additives, or preservatives, and also come in nut-free and FODMAP-suitable varieties. \u2018Feel Good While Doing Good\u2019 Alongside their mission to spread the power of a plant-based lifestyle, the GoMacro team wants to help build a stronger community by giving back to local and national organizations. It\u2019s part of their \u201cfeel good while doing good\u201d mission. GoMacro gives a portion of its proceeds to four organizations: Feeding San Diego, a leading hunger-relief charity; Solutions For Change, a San Diego-based non-profit that helps families rebuild their lives after homelessness; Farm Sanctuary, America's first shelter for farmed animals; and the Keep A Breast Foundation, which empowers young people with breast health education and support. GoMacro wants to tread as lightly as possible on the planet. It cuts food waste, uses alternative energy, and has planted more than 45,000 trees.\u00a0 GoMacro is actively working toward becoming a zero-landfill manufacturer by using 100 percent post-consumer recycled packaging materials. It donates 100 percent of its unsellable bars to food banks throughout the U.S. and gives all its food scraps to local farmers. Sonkin said the journey from her mother\u2019s diagnosis to now has been a meaningful lesson.\u00a0 \u201cAn amazing lesson that my mom has taught me, and that I want to teach my children,\u201d Sonkin said. \u201cIs when you have a challenging moment, don\u2019t feel defeated, use that challenge as an opportunity to do something good. Turn it into something good, and make a difference in someone else\u2019s life.\u201d\u00a0 You can learn more about GoMacro and purchase its vegan protein bars on its website. This is a sponsored post.