SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS13) – Tuesday will be the day of a lifetime for a Sacramento 6-year-old. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a boy named Ethan is going to be a garbage man for a day.
“I’m going to pick up a kid that just loves garbage trucks,” said Sam Turman, a truck driver for Waste Management. “He’s going to go for a ride with me.”
Six-year-old Ethan was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just 8 weeks old. Treatment has become now a part of his everyday routine, and with an uncertain future, his parents want him to have as many happy memories as possible.
“You know the very first thing I thought of what seeing the pure joy on Ethan’s face,” Turman said. “That’s the first thing I thought of.”
According to Ethan’s parents, his favorite part of the day is watching the garbage truck make its rounds.
“Well, it’s an unusual wish,” said Michelle Flynn, who works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeastern California and Northern Nevada. “We reach into their imagination and we make it a reality.”
The surprise starts at Sunrise Elementary School, where Ethan will get his own garbage man outfit. Then, he’ll ride in Turman’s truck, making stops throughout the city. Along the route, he’s meet three special guests: Hero Recycle, Hero Reuse and Hero Reduce. Each will have a different lesson to share.
“He loves trash, so he’s going to learn all about it tomorrow,” Flynn said.
Turman has been picking up trash in Sacramento for 35 years. He can hardly wait to pick up his special passenger on Tuesday morning.
“I think it’s absolutely wonderful that they’re doing this for him,” he said. “I’m going to try not to cry.”
The route ends at the state Capitol, where Ethan will be the star of his own news conference. Several community leaders will be here in his honor, including major elect Darrell Steinberg, Police Chief Sam Somers and hundreds of volunteers.