I wish to be a garbage man
immune system disorder
For six-year-old Sean, the sight and sound of a garbage truck is mesmerizing.
Due to his immune system disorder, however, Sean has had to awe over garbage trucks from a distance for his entire life. Despite this limitation, his love for garbage trucks has only continued to grow. When Make-A-Wish® Colorado approached Sean and his family with a wish, Sean knew immediately he wanted to become a garbage man.
The wish was decided, and the planning began! Sean’s wish was incredibly special because it was the 5,280th wish to be granted by Make-A-Wish Colorado over the past 36 years. This number represents the Mile-High City of Denver, so everyone jumped on board to help!
Sean’s wish began with a tour of Denver’s GFL Environmental facility where he learned more about waste management. He also saw a car get crushed, which was an integral part of the six-year-old’s idea for his wish. But his wish really came true once he donned his bright yellow vest and orange gloves to transform into Sean the Garbage Man! His smile was immediate when he stepped outside to see the gigantic, neon green, front-loading garbage truck waiting for him to climb into the front seat. After running around the truck multiple times to check it out, Sean was ready and eager to start his route.
His day included stops all around the city: Denver 7News, Broncos Stadium, Maggiano’s Little Italy and even a fire station! Along the way, Sean collected trash and made everyone grin from his contagious laughter and energy. “He makes everybody smile,” his dad said. “He’s the light of everything for us.” Sean loaded back into his garbage truck for his final ride back to his hotel, where he was welcomed like a hero by volunteers and Make-A-Wish staff holding signs and fake “trash.” But before entering his wish day party, Sean, like the true garbage man he is, took a trash bag, and collected everyone’s trash as he walked in with an unforgettable grin, ready to celebrate a successful trash route and wish day.