SEATTLE, Aug. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Can one child really change the world? Suzanne Wiggins, Founder and Chief Designer for the Seattle area-based children's clothing company, Pixie & Puck, certainly thinks so.
"At the top of our list of core values is the belief that a confident child can make the world a much better place," proclaims Suzanne. "But when it comes too much of today's children's clothing, disposable fashion and rapidly changing fads do not naturally promote that confidence or sense of individual style." Frustrated by what she was unable to easily find in kids' clothing stores, this mother of 5, with the help of her husband and fellow Seattle area attorney, Michael Wiggins, decided to leave the practice of law to combine her lifelong passion for clothing design with her commitment to children's causes, particularly those causes that help children with special needs and their families.
For Suzanne, the decision to leave the law wasn't an easy one and it didn't happen all at once. "There were so many pressures to continue doing the same thing that I just kept pushing the urge for change out of my mind," recalls Suzanne. "But sometimes, change has to knock for a while before we let it in." For Suzanne, that knock came when her 9-year old son, Sawyer, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD.
Diagnosed when he was just three years old, Sawyer is one of the 1 in 48 American children the Center for Disease Control now says has autism. While Suzanne admits that raising Sawyer has had its fair share of difficulties, she quickly points out that the benefits of being Sawyer's mom have been immeasurable. "Don't get me wrong, it's been very difficult at times, but Sawyer has taught me some of the most important lessons I've learned in life. As I learned to get out of his way and celebrate who he is, not who I thought he should be, he reminded me to be myself and confidently chase my own dreams."
There's no doubt Sawyer has had a life-changing impact on Suzanne, and from the looks of things, it's a lesson that is making a profound impact on others as well. In just 5 days since launching their Kickstarter campaign to raise money for its first line of locally-made kids clothing, Pixie & Puck has raised nearly half of its funding goal. While excited, Suzanne doesn't seem too surprised. "We are so grateful for our backers' generosity, and the progress we're making," she explains, "but as much as our backers really like our clothing, we believe that it's our story and our message that really resonate with them."
To Suzanne, it doesn't matter whether you have a child with special needs. One thing she believes every parent can agree on is that any confident child really is uniquely qualified to change the world! As Suzanne puts it, "Sawyer certainly changed mine!"
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