At 12 years old, Cody Green had a rare form of leukemia, which he beat three times. He was cancer-free, but his weakened immune system left him vulnerable to a fungus that attacked his brain.
On Saturday, the Indiana boy passed away, but not before local Marines gave Cody a Marine navigator badge and made him an honorary member of the U.S. Marine Corps (video below).
Cody's father David Snowberger told WLFI-TV: "They decided Cody, with the strength and honor and courage he showed through the whole thing, he should be a Marine."
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"The night before Cody passed. [A marine] stood guard at Cody's door at the hospital all night long for eight hours straight."
Cody's obituary reads: "He never asked 'Why Me' and fought the illness with grace and humility, never complaining about his treatment or care, saying 'Thank You' to the many health care professionals that cared for him."
Local Marines will also be present at Cody's funeral this weekend.