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Child’s dream to be garbage man comes true

Posted at 10:38 AM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 10:38:52-04

SACRAMENTO -- All kids have wishes.

Some kids want to be Superman, others princesses.

But Ethan Dean, a 6-year-old with an incurable illness, just wants to suit up and be a garbage man for a day.

The Sacramento, California, boy doesn't know it yet, but today he gets his wish.

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation, Ethan will get to run his very own garbage route.

"Well, it's an unusual wish," Michelle Flynn of the Northern California and Northern Nevada chapter of Make-A-Wish told CNN affiliate KOVR. "We reach into their imagination and we make it a reality."

Ethan's favorite part of the day is watching the garbage truck make its rounds, his parents told the station.

He was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was just 8 weeks old. It's a genetic illness that affects the lungs and for which there's no cure.

The little boy's future is uncertain -- but not today.

The #EthanCleansUp route will span several blocks -- beginning at the Sacramento Bee and ending at the state capitol for an official news conference.

His host will be 35-year waste veteran Sam Turman -- who will no doubt make one of his most special pickups of all time today.

"I'm going to pick up a kid who just loves garbage trucks," he said, "He's going to go for a ride with me."

"I'm gonna try not to cry," Turman said.

Us too.