Before our daughter Hayden’s first birthday, we were told she was born with a rare genetic condition. From that moment on we were pulled into a life of uncertainty. The challenges we saw her go through made us question her future and by extension, our own. Through these uncertainties, we started thinking more about what could be done to help build her future, and overcome this fear of the unknown?
Can we create something that she may be part of in her future?
How can we overcome this fear of the unknown?
Through a two month hospital stay, we saw Hayden go through needles, tests, exams, seizures, IVs, and a seemingly endless amount of medications. This ended up being one of the most difficult times in our lives. During that hospital stay however, we also started to see something that we had been oblivious to. We saw other kids in similar situations, fighting medical challenges of their own. We saw other parents fighting and advocating for their children. We had come to learn about another world that existed, the world of ‘hospital life’.
It was in the months after this hospital stay when the seed for Tuff Sprout started growing. As time went on, we met others on similar journeys and slowly, the vision for Tuff Sprout started to come together. By creating a community focused brand that could advocate for these children and drive awareness to the organizations that aim to improve their lives, we could use our fear of the unknown to drive positive change.