6-year-old boy’s wish of becoming a garbage collector is granted
6-year-old Ethan Dean has suffered from cystic fibrosis since birth, and approached the Make-A-Wish Foundation with the wish of becoming a trash collector, according to KCRA.
“I want to be a garbage man when I grow up,” he said. “It’s awesome!”
On Tuesday, his wish was granted.
Ethan was presented with a giant green garbage truck, complete with his name on the side, and a special uniform to wear as he cleaned up Sacramento. A cheering crowd lined the parking lot of Ethan’s elementary school as he began his journey.
“It’s a dream come true for me really. I think it’s wonderful,” said truck driver Sam Turman. “Humbled. Absolutely humbled.”
Ethan made stops at the Sacramento Fire Department and the West Steps of the state capitol, as well as his dad’s workplace at the California Environmental Protection Agency.
“I work at Cal EPA– 25 stories– and I would bet almost every floor was empty,” said Ken Dean, Ethan’s father. “Just take it in and enjoy the moment. Because at some point it’s going to be back to our routine of doing his medications and all that stuff.”
A special “news conference” capped off the day for Ethan, and included city leaders such as Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg and Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers.
How did Ethan describe the experience?
“Best day ever!”