Six-year-old Ethan Dean got to live his dream of becoming a garbage man on Tuesday afternoon in Sacramento, California, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Ethan was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 8 weeks old, according to CBS Sacramento. "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."
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes thick mucus in the lungs, resulting in severe lung damage and breathing difficulties. It is incurable but there are treatments to prolong a diagnosed child's life, according to the Baby Center.
CBS mentioned Ethan's parents saying that his favorite part of the day was watching the garbage truck come by.
"The six-year-old has a garbage truck bedspread and pillow. He has garbage truck toys. He's had a garbage truck birthday party," according to the Associated Press.
On Tuesday, Make-A-Wish Foundation teamed up with Randle Communications and Waste Management to surprise Ethan at his elementary school with "Ethan's Garbage Truck," according to the Sacramento Bee. "As Ethan ran toward the truck, bursting through a banner, Ethan's parents said they had to fight back tears."
With hundreds cheering him on in the streets of downtown Sacramento, Ethan and the driver set off to five locations, stopping periodically for garbage and recyclables, before ending at the Capitol building, according to the Associated Press.
“The world sometimes is kind of tough and rough, and you reminded us just how beautiful the world is and how good people can be,” the Sacramento Bee reported Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg telling Ethan during the ceremony at the Capitol at the end of his route. “Thank you for making us feel so good, little guy.”
Ethan's parents mentioned they were proud of their son for having such a noble dream in the YouTube video. "It's a respectable job and if that's what he wants to do we'll definitely support that," his father, Ken Dean, said.
Ethan's wish came true three years after Make-A-Wish transformed San Francisco into Gotham, a fictional city from Batman, for a 5-year-old boy who had leukemia and dreamed to be a Batkid, according to ABC News.
"Ethan's dream is being a less fantastic, more everyday superhero," the publisher stated.