6-Year-Old Rancho Cordova Boy Granted Wish to Ride Along on a Garbage Truck

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SACRAMENTO -- This weekend one local Sacramento family is preparing to make their young son's dream a reality with the help of the Make a Wish Foundation.

Spend a few minutes with six-year-old Ethan Dean, and you'll learn quickly that he loves his trucks.

"These are guard trucks, and then fire trucks and these are garbage trucks," said Ethan.

But his favorite, by far, is his light up, talking, garbage truck. In fact he loves it so much, one day he wants to drive one for a living.

"Yeah, I want to be a garbage man," said Ethan casually as he continued to play with his trucks.

"Fridays on pickup days he runs to watch the garbage man," said Erin Dean, Ethan's mom.

"Whenever he sees the garbage truck his eyes light up," said Ethan's father Ken. Its the highlight of his week, according to Ethan's parents, which is a nice break. Some days aren't so easy.

Ethan suffers from cystic fibrosis, which causes mucus to develop around his lungs and other organs that can lead to infection.

He takes multiple pills and undergoes physical therapy daily, and he's made more hospital visits than a kid his age should.

"A lot of the stuff that we're doing is preventative. Keeping him out of the hospital," said Ken.

"He's really realizing that he has to do things differently than other people," said Erin.

When the Make a Wish Foundation heard about Ethan's story it came as no surprise to his parents what Ethan's wish was - garbage man for a day.

Ethan doesn't know it yet, but Tuesday he'll be at the helm of a waste management truck that'll drive to his home in Rancho Cordova, continue throughout the city, and will eventually end up at the Capitol. Friends and family members will be cheering him on along the route the entire way.

"He's definitely going to flip out when he sees all this," said Ken.

It might be an unusual request for some kids, but to Ethan, those garbage trucks are simply...cool.

"There's a lever, you can pull the handle and take the garbage and crush it inside," said Ethan. Sounds like he's well prepared for work Tuesday morning.


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