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Post by Blackhawk » Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:22 pm

I watched the live videos through the day. I may or may not have needed to clean my glasses once or twice. What a day that must have been for all of you.
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Post by AWS260 » Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:14 pm

Ken, this is so, so awesome. You're a pretty kick-ass dad.

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Post by Xmann » Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:45 pm

Made the Denver news!!!

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Post by MHS » Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:48 pm

Reading all the tweets definitely made me tear up! Great job, Ethan! Great job, Ken!

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Post by Newcastle » Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:16 am

checked the twitter hashtag...and man they went all out for this. Good stuff for Ethan! Grats!
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Post by gameoverman » Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:56 am

Top of the page on Fark, wow!

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Post by Holman » Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:39 am

So neat to see this!
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Post by A nonny mouse » Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:19 am

This is very cool. It made the front page of the local tv news (website, but I'm sure it will be on air). When it is picked up by the AP, it will be all over the place - which is great!

Six year old boy is garbage man for a day

Way to go! It is so nice to see good news for a change. You have a great family, Ken, and you are a wonderful dad!

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Post by Blackhawk » Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:29 am

Yeah, they picked it up here in Indiana, too.
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Post by AWS260 » Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:59 am

Looking good, Dad.

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Post by ImLawBoy » Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:02 am

There's a brief article on Ethan's day in today's Chicago Tribune. If you'd like me to send you my copy, just PM me your address.
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Post by Kraken » Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:39 am

The AP story made page 2 of today's Boston Globe, complete with big picture. PM your address if you'd like me to clip and mail the paper version. (The online version probably looks pretty much the same nationwide.)

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Post by naednek » Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:48 pm

Man it's been a whirlwind the last few days. I had no idea it was going to be this big and spread so far. I just saw an article in India this morning.

We took Ethan out of school on Monday since we were worried someone would spill the beans. We had some interviews over the weekend and we've heard some people at his school saw. Probably wasn't the best decision, but we were too caught up in the moment.

Yesterday, we started out the day as if it was a normal day. I didn't get much sleep the night before, worrying about how we're going to keep him away from the media prior to the reveal. I was too worried they'd spill the beans. He did his morning treatments and got ready to school like any other day. When we arrived, the media was already camped out, some already reporting at 5am. He asked why they were there and we told him we didn't know. When the gates opened we waited a few more minutes and then walked a round about way to avoid the media in case they recognized us. The next obstacle was hoping the kids didn't say anything.

Then it was time, the kids lined up to form a tunnel, and Ethan was escorted out with his principal with his school mates cheering him on while waving wands with stars on the top. When he finally came to view he stopped and that's when he noticed the garbage truck. He asked why was that there and then realized his name was on it. He then ran to through the banner, and I gave him a huge hug. He was so excited.

He was given the key to our city of Rancho Cordova, and then got him dressed into his garbage man uniform. Then our journey began with a motorcade escorted by our local police, sheriff and Sacramento city police. Our first stop was VSP, a company who makes eye glasses. He met the Global CEO and president. They showered him with gifts like lego garbage trucks, sunglasses, hats, and they even gave Lila her own Lego garbage truck and glasses.

We then picked up their trash and then traveled to Sacramento using city streets. We stopped at the Sacramento Bee, where he met the president of the Bee, and picked up their garbage. Each stop had a super hero (Reuse, Recycle and I can't remember the 3rd R) Each superhero would teach him about the environment and how the three R's help. We then headed off to the local firestation where he got to get in a fire truck. They were also hosting the local toy drive which was the last day. He got to choose where they got to go for donation. I didn't hear what he chose as the media was swarming over him at every stop. He also met one of the soccer players from Sacramento FC Republic where he got his own custom jersey with his name on it, a signed soccerball, and tickets to a game.

Then we headed to my work, where I couldn't believe how many people were lining the streets. I work in a 25 story high rise, and I think the building was empty. When asked at the Capitol, Ethan said Daddy's work was his favorite stop. He got to lift paper products into the recycle compactor, and met the trash monster and Recycle Rex. He was given a hazmat suit, a hand drawn cartoon with him in a garbage truck and other items.

Then we headed to Frank Fats a prominent resturaunt in Sacramento where he met the owners, picked up their trash. We were given a gift card to eat at one of their locations.

Then the main event was held at the State Capitol, where hundreds were waiting for him. I placed him on my shoulders and we ran to the stage with the theme song from Rocky in the background.

It was there were Sacramento got to meet Ethan. He met the Mayor-elect Darrel Steinburg, the Sacramento President of Waste Management, the Chief of Police of Sacramento. The Governor of Jerry Brown was in Philly, so a representative read a letter written by the governor to Ethan, thanking him for his service as a garbage man. The President of the Sacramento Kings, Rivercats, and the Sacramento FC were there. At one point Ethan was asked what was his favorite baseball team. He yelled GO DODGERS at my dismay. He does it to get a reaction out of me, which he did as I got up from the stage with my hands in my face. The rivercats president wasn't please since they are the Giants affiliate team. It was then we were told that Ethan was given tickets to the Sacramento Republic soccer match, tickets to the rivercats, and tickets to the kings with a personal behind the scene tour of the new arena.

Ethan was in his element answering questions from the press. At no point he was shy. I can't believe how well he handled the attention, the camera and the busyness of the day. We then had lunch, and ended our day sitting in the seat of the Governor. Ethan was even playing on his computer. That's when I opened my big mouth in front of the Governor's staff and said, Ethan log in and give your daddy a raised, not 3% but 7-10% :)

We then were driven back home. Ethan received about 9 garbage trucks from various donors along with some other toys. He also received a mini-dumpster that is now his toy chest.

Then there's the media. It was overwhelming but exciting at the same time. It gave the world a break from the craziness we've had over the last several weeks. I've seen his story in India, had a live phone interview with an Ontario TV station, and my wife did an interview with today.com. It's crazy how this was covered, way beyond what we expected. I'm glad it happened as it made people aware of CF and of Make a Wish.

It also has some negative effects. It was overheard at his school that some kids were saying he was going to die... Our fear as some kid is going to tell him that. As we havent' had the full talk. I'm sure it also caused children to ask questions about life as well. It was never our intention to make others worry about themselves.

But overall, Ethan was a garbage man for the day, and he had the time of his life! Thanks for being apart of it and all the support you have given him!

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Re: #EthanCleansUp

Post by MHS » Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:52 pm

Great write-up, thank you!

The third R is Reduce. :)

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Post by Isgrimnur » Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:23 pm

reddit/r/Sacramento had a thread about it go up five days ago.
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Post by Kraken » Wed Jul 27, 2016 3:11 pm

This thread delivers.

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Post by coopasonic » Wed Jul 27, 2016 3:15 pm

Kraken wrote:This thread delivers.
also picks up
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Post by Zaxxon » Wed Jul 27, 2016 3:15 pm

Kraken wrote:This thread delivers.
It also picks up... the trash!

*rimshot*

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Seriously, naednek--well-played. This was an awesome project start to finish.

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Post by Zaxxon » Wed Jul 27, 2016 3:16 pm

coopasonic wrote:
Kraken wrote:This thread delivers.
also picks up
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Post by KKBlue » Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:02 pm

Way Daffy Duck excited! Thank you so much for taking the time to write up the day yesterday. :D I've been telling everyone in my circle!
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Post by Enough » Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:09 pm

KKBlue wrote:Way Daffy Duck excited! Thank you so much for taking the time to write up the day yesterday. :D I've been telling everyone in my circle!
Likewise, this story is truly one of the bright spots for me this year. Thanks so much for sharing with us and being such a tremendous dad!
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Post by naednek » Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:26 pm

did you know #ethancleansup was #2 in Sacramento, and briefly #2 on twitter? Amazing huh? who would have thought? I have the video done, Ethan has watched about half last night. I'll have it posted soon.
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Post by Hrothgar » Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:32 pm

I forgot to check this morning, but it was in the front section of the Houston Chronicle. PM me if you want another article. It was a touching story each version I saw. You might want to have Guiness check on the record for most choked up news anchors. Congrats.

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Post by cheeba » Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:06 am

Excellent read of an excellent event! I remember when I was like 4 years old still living in the Flint area, I *loved* when the garbage truck would come and I'd wave to them. Don't know what it is about them at that age, but I can definitely relate to his wish!

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Post by TheMix » Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:15 am

Thanks for the AAR. Sounds like it couldn't have gone better. So heart-warming. So happy for all of you!

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Post by msduncan » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:50 am

I've been following this on Facebook. All I can say is that I wish I didn't live 3/4 of the way across the country or I would have shown up in the crowd for support.

Best wishes to Ethan and I'm very glad he had a wonderful day!
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Post by stimpy » Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:36 pm

Awesome story.
So did he wake up the next day and want to do it all again?
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Post by naednek » Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:20 am

Ya it's been crazy how much coverage this got. Erin was interviewed by the todayshow yesterday. I was interviewed by upworthy.com today.

He even made it to India

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Tune in tomorrow night on ABC World News.... Ethan is the person of the week!

And he's going to be in People magazine.

It's been a fun ride.

I told Erin it would be cool if Jimmy Fallon called and invited him :)
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Post by naednek » Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:07 pm

And now People.com. It might make it to print as well

http://www.people.com/article/ethan-dea ... ibrosis-cf

I keep waiting for a call from Jimmy Fallon. That would be so awesome. I'm thankful for the exposure as this helps the CF community and Make A Wish.

Thank you for the support over the years, I'm glad I was able to share our experience with you. Today we finished watching the garbage truck video you all submitted.
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Post by Rumpy » Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:02 pm

Just saw the Person of the Week segment. Very cool! What a great day to remember!
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Post by Odin » Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:49 pm

Yeah, like Rumpy I was watching ABC World News Tonight and saw Ethan was the Person of the Week. I told my wife, "Hey, I know that kid!" What an amazing adventure for your family! Well done.

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Post by Lassr » Fri Jul 29, 2016 11:56 pm

Absolutely awesome! :D
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Post by gbasden » Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:26 am

This is super excellent, and I'm sure Ethan will remember it for the rest of his life. Good job, dad!

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Post by naednek » Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:53 am

For those who are interested to see the segment

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/make-fo ... n-41006525

Thanks guys\gals. It's been a fun week. The cool part is that Ethan hasn't let it get to his head. His grandpa was watching the world news, and it came on and Ethan looked up saw himself on tv and went back to playing.

I've been getting calls from different places wanting to send something to him. Mack Trucks has called and has invited him to their factory. A local recycling facility invited him to go. I now have some activities for him to do when he's off track from school.

This weekend he'll be sitting down writing thank you notes to Make A Wish, Sam the garbage man, The Sacramento Kings President, Sacramento Republic FC president, Sacramento Rivercats President, Daryl Steinberg Mayor Elect, and the Chief of Police for the various gifts they have given him.
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Post by Holman » Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:12 am

That is great!
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Post by Zarathud » Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:14 am

Just saw a Make a Wish ad using Ethan. Huge success!
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Post by naednek » Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:19 am

was it a video?
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