ORANGE, Calif. — Wyatt Gillette is only 8, but he became an honorary Marine on Saturday morning.
Wyatt’s father, Jeremiah, is a U.S. Marines drill instructor and knew Wyatt always wanted to follow in his footsteps.
Sadly, according to ABC 7, Wyatt has less than two weeks to live.
When he was only 4, he was diagnosed with Aicardi-Goutierres Syndrome Type 1-(Trex 1 mutation.) A rare condition causing problems like seizures and kidney failure. He currently takes 15 medications everyday.
The Mendleton Foundation stepped up to help Wyatt become an honorary Marine before he passed and the ceremony was held on Saturday.
“I literally only had two goals my entire life. Become a Marine, and become a Drill Instructor. I have accomplished my goals and as both, nothing could make me happier than to see my son Wyatt Seth Gillette become an honorary Marine,” Jeremiah said. “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.”