Dying California boy, 8, to be honored by Marines

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ORANGE, Calif — An 8-year-old boy in California, given just days to live, will be honored by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Wyatt Gillette was born with a rare genetic syndrome that has caused both of his kidneys to fail. He has now been placed in hospice care — given no more than 14 days to live — because he's not eligible for a transplant.

Having seen his son bravely face multiple health issues over the years, Wyatt's father, Jeremiah, a Marine drill instructor, decided he would ask for support from his fellow Marines to help get the little boy named as an honorary Marine.

The process often requires a long review and the recognition is only given to a select few per year. But after starting a Change.org petition calling on the Marines to help him, Jeremiah Gillette announced on Facebook that his wish was granted.

As his son continues to fight with very little time left, Gillette described his young son's tenacity on the petition, saying he's sure that Wyatt Gillette would have followed in his footsteps in the Marines.

"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," he wrote on Facebook.