Garbage man makes dreams come true

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­nan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

MOST lit­tle boys dream of be­com­ing su­per­heroes or foot­ballers when they grow up. But four-year-old Ry­der Boyce, who was di­ag­nosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and acute lym­phoblas­tic leukaemia in Fe­bru­ary 2017, had his dreams come true when he got to ride in a garbage truck around Tweed.

Af­ter hear­ing about Ry­der’s love of garbage trucks, Solo Res­cue Re­cov­ery staff wanted to bring a lit­tle joy into his life by invit­ing him to join the team on one of their rub­bish col­lec­tion routes.

Solo Re­source Re­cov­ery driver Matthew Gil­bert col­lected Ry­der from his Coolan­gatta home on May 1 and brought him along for the ride as they made their way to­wards the Chinderah de­pot to see how garbage trucks are built.

“He’s ob­sessed with garbage trucks,” Ry­der’s mother Tanya Boyce said.

“He was ec­static when the truck ar­rived, his face just lit up. I was a lit­tle wor­ried be­cause he is so shy that he wouldn’t go up in the truck but as soon as it ar­rived he jumped on board.”

Mr Gil­bert pre­sented Ry­der with a toy Solo truck and his very own Solo hi-vis safety shirt with his name em­broi­dered on it, sim­i­lar to those the driv­ers wear.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing up the route, Mr Gil­bert and Ry­der, with his mum fol­low­ing be­hind in the car, went back to Chinderah to have a tour of the de­pot.

“There were many tears when Ry­der en­tered in his new Solo safety shirt,” Solo ad­min­is­tra­tion man­ager Suzanne Thomas said.

“We all felt so hon­oured to be able to be a part of this brave lit­tle boy’s dream and his smile was all any of us needed to make this day a suc­cess.”

Ms Boyce said: “It’s those lit­tle things that help him through when he’s feel­ing down and out, he’ll play with

He was ec­static when the truck ar­rived...

— Tanya Boyce

his Solo truck and re­mem­ber his fun day.

“I don’t even know these peo­ple but just for them to do this is in­cred­i­ble.”

Since his di­ag­no­sis, Ry­der has un­der­gone 19 gen­eral anaes­thetic and in­trathe­cal chemo­ther­apy treat­ments in Bris­bane.

“We’re not even half­way through his treat­ment but he’s picked up a bit, he’s much bet­ter than he was,” Ms Boyce said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

YOUNG FAN: Matthew Gil­bert, Steve Sci­fleet and Rick Vi­dler show four-year-old Ry­der Boyce be­hind the scenes at the Solo Re­source Re­cov­ery de­pot at Chinderah.

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