Kid's dream to be garbage man comes true

Garbage men make sick child's dream come true
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  • Ethan has cystic fibrosis and frequents the hospital a lot
  • Today, he will be manning his own garbage route

(CNN)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.