WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - A wish has come true for a West Valley City teenager living with a life-threatening condition. Austin has always been fascinated by garbage trucks and today he was able to work as a Waste Management Driver.
"When we learned about Austin, we jumped at the opportunity to make this a day he won't forget," said Brad Kloos, Senior District Manager for Waste Management of Utah.
If you're ever in the area of Kings Point Park on Mondays, you will see the 15-year-old looking down the street, waiting for his Waste Management Driver to arrive.
"When I don't have school I chase that one around my neighborhood," Austin told reporters as he pointed to the garbage truck behind him. "It's my hobby."
"Our drivers service thousands of customers everyday and we don't always have the opportunity to say hello or thank you and this is a great opportunity for Waste Management and for all the employees," said Kloos.
Thanks to Make-A-Wish Utah and Waste Management of Utah, Austin was able to gear up, hop in a truck, and help his neighborhood driver pick up trash cans and recyclables.
As for the ride, Austin has one word to describe it -- "shaky," and says the best part was "seeing all the trash dump into the big hopper."
Austin has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, as well as a neurodevelopmental disorder that can make his daily life even more challenging.
Jared Perry, the President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Utah said it's only right to help make Austin's dreams come true.
"We really try to find those motivational moments on how we can uplift them -- not just by sending them on a wish," explained Perry. "There's great people in the community that step up and say 'we're going to help a kid today,' and that's just life changing in itself."
Tuesday, Austin also found out that he will be traveling to Florida for a trip to Walt Disney World to meet his favorite movie characters. When Austin heard the good news, he was literally, speechless.
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