Shortly after the 3-year-old walked on set to meet her idol, Rachel Coleman of “Signing Time!,” she was outfitted by Coleman and crew in an animal suite to become a part of the animal parade.
Josie had wished to meet Coleman of “Signing Time!,” a television program targeted towards children aged one through eight that teaches American Sign Language. Josie, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor, communicates primarily through sign language, much of which she learned by watching Coleman’s show.
Coleman lifted Josie up and danced as other children in animal suites joined them, including Coleman’s nephew and daughter, who Josie also adores. After the parade filming, Josie and her family were invited to watch Coleman film the wrap up segment.
The next day, Coleman preformed a private concert for Josie and her family at the studio with a surprise appearance from Hopkins the Frog. Josie grinned with joy as Coleman sang to her. The two had instantly connected.
“Rachel really went out of her way to make us feel special and loved,” said Josie’s dad, Marc. “It was awesome, and Josie loved it.”
On Josie’s last day in Salt Lake City, Coleman gave her on last surprise. Because Rachel was scheduled to do a concert in Milwaukee, she joined them on their flight back to Michigan.
“It was a really special last moment for our whole family,” said Marc. “We had such a good time meeting Rachel.”