Make-A-Wish Foundation: Six-Year-Old Boy Helps Clean Sacramento


The Make-A-Wish foundation grants wishes to thousands of children who are living with life-threatening illnesses and yesterday, Ethan Dean got his wish. He had always dreamed of being a garbage man and his favorite toys are garbage trucks.

Ethan Dean got the chance to ride in a garbage truck yesterday. The truck drove around Sacramento with a sign that said Ethan’s Garbage Truck. Ethan was happy to see the truck stop to pick up trash and recyclables. He also had fun after the stop, telling the Make-A-Wish foundation that his favorite part of the day was cleaning up garbage.

Ethan went to school but received the surprise there. He then joined Sam Thurman, the Waste Management employee driving the truck, to make a few stops around the city. The garbage truck made five stops and hundreds of people gathered to see him have fun and make this a great day.

Ethan is 6 years old and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. He began treatment just weeks after being born. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs and digestive system. It is one of the most common genetic diseases in America but also one of the most serious. There is no cure for cystic fibrosis, which affects at least 30,000 people in the United States. Life expectancy in the 1980s was less than 20 years but medical advances have lengthened life, with the median survival now at 41 years.

Make-A-Wish Visit

Make A Wish FoundationThe Make-A-Wish Foundation said it would grant his wish five months ago and his family immediately knew what is was going to be about. Ken Dean, Ethan’s Dad, said they pretty much knew it was going to be about garbage trucks. He says he’s been watching the garbage trucks come down the street since he first knew how to crawl. Ethan loves garbage trucks so much that he has lots of garbage truck toys and even a garbage truck birthday party.

Ethan visited Make-A-Wish and was asked about his dreams. Most of the answers had to do with garbage trucks, said Jennifer Stolo, CEO of Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada.

People learned about his wish on social media and many attended to see him ride the garbage truck. Hundreds of people gathered for a press conference and lunch after Ethan’s wish was granted.

Make-A-Wish Foundation grants thousands of wishes every year and Ethan was one of the latest to get his wish.

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