Four years ago, 8-year-old Wyatt was diagnosed with Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome Type 1, which affects his skin, brain and immune system. The kidneys are also hindered, which leads to early death in children.
#2 Honorary Marine
Wyatt’s dad is war veteran Staff Sgt. Gillette, who was devastated when his son went into hospice. When Marine Anthony North heard the news of Wyatt, he began an online petition which would award the boy an Honorary Marine that year. “In order for Wyatt to be awarded with this title, the Commandant of the Marine Corps must approve it. I truly feel that Wyatt has faced more hardship than any Marine has gone through, and for that should be given the title. I have seen more Marines come together because of him, and feel he has truly earned the right to be among the best fighting force in the world.”
#3 July 30th
Within days, 4,500 people signed the Change.org petition, and Commandant of Marine Corps Robert B. Neller approved it. “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,” said father Gillette.
#4 An Amazing Mother
“Wyatt’s lived for almost eight years now. And I know for a fact that would not have happened if it wasn’t for her. The way she’s fought…it’s amazing what a woman can do when she’s determined.”
#5 One Day Later
One day after the ceremony, Wyatt passed away. “He’s taught me love,” says Gillette.