6-year-old with leukemia becomes world’s youngest UPS driver

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6-year-old with leukemia becomes world’s youngest UPS driver
6-year-old with leukemia becomes world’s youngest UPS driver. Credit: Caroline Photography for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Never underestimate the power of a wish.

After being diagnosed with leukemia, 6-year-old Mateo Toscano, had to start spending most of his days inside.

To pass the time, Mateo would people watch from his living room window and ended up developing a particular fascination with delivery drivers. To Mateo, watching the drivers drop off packages to people was a way to bring joy to others – he wanted to play that role so badly.

Thankfully, Make-A-Wish foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to granting wishes for children with critical illnesses, was able to make Mateo’s dream become a reality.

Mateo Toscano holding his certificate and “credentials.” Credit: Caroline Photography for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

So, last Thursday, Mateo suited up in his little custom-made UPS uniform and started making his rounds. He even had his very own, fully functional, miniature UPS truck to make things more official.

Mateo Toscano driving his custom-made, miniature UPS truck. Credit: Caroline Photography for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“When Mateo’s wish came true, he did more than deliver packages, he delivered hope to the entire Stockton, [California] community and beyond … and that’s the incredible power of a wish,” Jennifer Stolo, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Northeastern and Central California & Northern Nevada, said in a statement to Good Morning America.

Mateo, along with an adult UPS driver, delivered packages to various Stockton city officials, local police, and others.
“I was busy as a bee,” Mateo said.

During his “lunch break,” he even delivered a few Mother’s Day gifts for his mother and grandmother: candles, bath towels and flowers.

Mateo Toscano delivering packages. Credit: Caroline Photography for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“My mom and I were both so touched by his Mother’s Day gifts to us, and were very surprised by the pretty flowers!” mom, Cynthia Toscano, told GMA.

Mateo Toscano delivering flowers to his mom and grandma. Credit: Caroline Photography for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“The flowers were a very nice way to signal the end of a very, very dark period. Hopefully, the brighter times are here to stay.”


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