A 6-Year-Old’s Dream Comes True: Garbage Man for a Day

By Sherley Boursiquot, Epoch Times
July 26, 2016 Updated: July 27, 2016

Six-year-old Ethan Dean, who at just 2 weeks old was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, says he wants to be a garbage man when he grows up.  

Now, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ethan, who uses a nebulizer and takes enzymes daily to manage his condition, got a glimpse of what it is like to pick up garbage in a real garbage truck. 

His journey began Tuesday at 9:20 a.m. at his elementary school in Rancho Cordova, California, which held an outdoor assembly. There he was greeted by “Ethan’s Garbage Truck.”

Ethan was driven through downtown Sacramento and was met at each stop by a garbage-related superhero, collecting trash and recyclables. After stopping at the Sacramento Bee where he met “Recycle Superhero,” the meeting of “Reuse Superhero” at the fire station, Frank’s Fat Restaurant for a regular trash pickup, and two other locations in the Sacramento area, Ethan ended his journey at the capitol for a press conference and VIP lunch.

Hundreds of people came to cheer Ethan along on his journey, and Ethan’s father, Ken Dean, dressed as a garbage man to support his son’s dreams.

Ethan visited the Make-A-Wish Foundation in February, and staff soon discovered Ethan’s infatuation with garbage trucks. He has garbage truck toys, and he’s had a garbage truck birthday party.  

So, it’s safe to say, this is a day Ethan will always remember.  

On the morning before Ethan’s awesome journey, his father asked him if he was ready for the “big day,” knowing Ethan was completely unaware of what was coming his way. 

“He told me he’s excited for school because Tuesdays are computer days,” Ethan’s father said on Facebook.