When Wyatt Gilette was 4-years-old, he was diagnosed with Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome. This syndrome is a disease that affects the brain, skin, and immune system.
Wyatt's father is Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Gilette. A Marine veteran, Gilette reached out to his fellow marines for prayers and support when he was notified that Wyatt's condition was getting worse.
Little Wyatt received a massive amount of support from countless marines. On Saturday, Wyatt was given the title of honorary Marine. A group gathered, all the way to the Marines' top officer. The ceremony took place at the Marine Corps Bade Camp in California.
Just a day later, Wyatt was gone. Gilette mournfully shared on Facebook that Wyatt had passed "peaceful and pain free". Wyatt was only seven-years-old.
“You have fought long and hard for yourself and your family, and your strength has inspired all of us that are here today,” First Sgt. Cristo Gomez told the boy during the ceremony. “You have proven that you have what it takes to become part of America’s warrior elite, and you have earned the title of honorary Marine.”
“With everything going on around the world today, and especially in our country, this is kind of a breath of fresh air,” his father said during the ceremony. “It’s restored my faith in humanity, and a little bit in what our country stands for.”
Wyatt's story was first shared when Gilette reached out to the Mendleton Foundation on Facebook. The Mendleton Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports past and present military members. From there, Wyatt's story was shared with a massive amount of Marines.
“His struggle and his background definitely represents our values,” Matt Finnerty, a spokesman for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, said of Wyatt. “Every other Marine has been extremely proud that this is another representation of our community.”
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