On this Father’s Day, I find myself reflecting back to 2010 and how this dream of fatherhood became a reality. Libbie was in China and my wife, Julie, and I were still looking for airline tickets, waiting on a date from the U.S. Consulate. Three weeks later we were approaching the Civil Affairs building in Zhengzhou, and I could feel myself getting nervous and overjoyed with excitement.

This was the moment I would become a father and actually see my daughter and hold her for the first time. Dressed in an outfit that didn’t fit her, she was scooting around because she was unable to walk. I think she was trying to get away. As I went to pick her up, the tears just streamed from her little eyes. She was so pretty yet so unprepared for the journey we were about to embark on together, one that would take her to a new home, and a lot of time at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Libbie has become such a wonderful little girl, and my love for her is always growing. We have such a great time together. From flying kites to riding bicycles, she brings a smile to my face every day. Thank you for making each Father’s Day so special for me.

Libbie and I– Fred Coleman, guest blogger, father of an orthopedics patient at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. Our Orthopedics Program is nationally ranked by both U.S. News and World Report and Parents magazine.


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  1. I love it when God’s Plan comes together. Libbie’s journey is so big and beautiful that it is spilling out to a cast of thousands. Fred is a the best co-captain.

  2. Happy Father’s Day, Fred! Your smiles say it all!! Thank you, God, for putting Libbie in your care.

  3. Oh this is an awesome story, congratulations to you and your family, CHOW is an awesome hospital, my son has been in and out of there since birth with many dr appointments. keep us updated on the progress of your little girl.
    and thanks for sharing

  4. thank you again for sharing, and thank you CHOW for helping this little girl thrive