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Girl with cancer treasures trash haulers who make her smile

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Blue Earth, Minnesota (CNN) -

A simple wave creates a bond between community members that not even cancer can break.

Every week, the Evenson girls: Grace, Rose and Sophia wait to hear the garbage truck round the corner.

They scramble to climb into position on the perch at the window.

They've been doing this each week for about a year.

Brandon Olsen and Taylor Fritz, the garbage men with Hometown Sanitation, smile and wave back.

Around Halloween, the guys dropped off treats for the girls. In return, the girls drew them pictures, which the guys now treasure.

"I always keep it on me. When I'm having a bad day I just look at this and read it," said Fritz. (There was also a note.) It said, 'We may miss you some Thursdays, our 3-year-old girl was diagnosed with cancer and has chemo on Thursdays.'

Doctors diagnosed 3-year-old Rose with stage 4 kidney cancer in September. It had spread to her lungs, and treatment required radiation and chemotherapy and lots of time away from home.

"I have three kids of my own. I could never imagine it. It tore me apart," said Olsen.

The next week, they left the Evenson family this note from their company: "Our teammates Brandon and Taylor filled us in on the situation and shared the very kind note that you left for them. We were so proud that their gestures gave you a reason to smile recently. Please accept our gift of free garbage service for you through the end of 2017."

Brandon and Taylor traded in the complimentary service they get as employees to help the family.

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