Wyatt Gillette has a rare genetic disorder that has caused both of his kidneys to fail and is not to expected to survive the next two weeks.
He is at home under Hospice and recovery is not looking to be in his favor, but Wyatt Gillette will exit this world a Marine!
“The courageous fight that Wyatt continues is absolutely ‘Marine,’” Commandant Gen. Robert Neller told the Marine Corps Times, “I hope this small gesture will bring Wyatt and his family a bit of joy during their tremendous battle. Wyatt is the epitome of Semper Fidelis, and we are hoping and praying for him and his family.”
UPDATE: Wyatt passed away the day after he was made an honorary Marine! Lot’s of prayers for his family!
The Marine Corps Times reports:
Neller approved the terminally ill boy as an Honorary Marine days after a petition began circulating online urging him to bestow the honor on Gillette, whose father Jeremiah is a drill instructor.
“Nothing could make me happier than to see my son Wyatt Gillette become an honorary Marine,” Jeremiah Gillette posted online with the petition. “He has fought harder in the last almost eight years than I will ever have to. If I earned the title, I believe he has as well.”
Gillette is expected to join the ranks of the few and the proud at a ceremony slated for Saturday morning at the School of Infantry – West aboard Camp Pendleton, California, his father told Marine Corps Times. The younger Gillette is only the 96th person to receive the honor since the program began in 1992.
Wyatt’s father, Jeremiah Gillette is a Marine, “He’s the toughest kid I’ve ever met. He’s the toughest person I’ve ever met.”
Wyatt’s mother, Felishia, spokeof her son’s incredible positive attitude despite everything he’s been and going through.
I cannot fathom the heartache, but young Wyatt will leave this world a hero. Most adults do not have to go through the pain and suffering this 8 year-old is going through.
Wyatt Gillette suffers from Aicardi-Goutierres Syndrome Type 1,. It causes seizures and complete kidney failure. He has to take 15 medications a day.
I salute you Wyatt Gillette!