Over 4,400 people came together to help Wyatt Gillette achieve his family’s dream of him becoming an honorary U.S. Marine.
The 8-year-old has Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome Type 1, a rare disease that causes seizures and kidney failure. He has to do dialysis daily because neither of his kidneys are working.
Knowing his son will not live long, Wyatt’s dad, Jeremiah, a Marine drill instructor, started a petition asking people to help Wyatt become an honorary Marine.
“That would mean the world to me,” he said. “I’ve had two goals in my lifetime— to be a Marine and to be a drill instructor. If he was a normal child, he’s just got that spirit that I think he would have joined the Marine Corps as well.”
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