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Ethan the Garbage Man


Ethan, 6

respiratory condition

I wish to be a garbage man

Kenneth and Erin welcomed their first child, Ethan, on February 18, 2010.  The family soon expanded with Ethan’s younger sister, Lila, and they currently live in Rancho Cordova.  During Ethan’s newborn screening, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.  At only eight weeks-old, Ethan began treatment. Now at six years-old, Ethan is starting to understand his condition and that the treatments that have been part of his routine for so long are crucial to his health. 

When selecting his wish, one in particular stood out to him - to be a garbage man! He is a big fan of the garbage man, and loves to watch them come to pick up his trash. On July 26, 2016 Ethan was surprised at school when he was picked up in his very own garbage truck. He received his own Waste Management uniform and name tag that he got wear all day.  Ethan spent the next few hours ‘cleaning up’ Sacramento with the help of Waste Management and his Adopt-A-Wish sponsor, Randle Communications,  in a garbage truck fittingly labeled ‘Ethan’s Garbage Truck.’ Superheroes welcomed Ethan at each stop where he learned the importance of recycling, reducing and reusing.

The event concluded at the State Capitol where a press conference was held to celebrate Ethan and commend his efforts to help clean up the city. 

Thank you to the thousands of people that came out to cheer Ethan on along his garbage route and helping us in making this a day he and his family will never forget. 

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