Marine Recruit Beats Cancer After 956 Days in Boot Camp

first published on April 19, 2019 by

Lance Cpl. Caleb Eudy was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma one month into his stay at MCRD Parris Island. After 956 days, he is a Marine.


For many, Marine Corps Boot Camp is a test of not only physical strength, but also one of willpower. When you finish the Crucible at either MCRD San Diego, or MCRD Parris Island you are awarded the lifelong title of United States Marine. With that title, you become a part of the brotherhood and legacy of all Marines who came before you in the long history of the institution known as the United States Marine Corps.

When Marines are injured or become seriously ill during boot camp, they are placed in a Medical Recovery Platoon where they sit and wait to recover until they are cleared for a return to training. Lance Cpl. Caleb Eudy is one of the recruits who became seriously ill during his first month of boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Just 30 days into his recruit training process back in 2016, Eudy was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a form of cancer that impacts the lymphatic system, a part of the body’s immune system.

After his diagnosis, Eudy was sent back to Alabama where he underwent cancer treatment. After two years of treatment, the cancer was in full remission and Eudy was once again cleared for training aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. The video below contains the footage of his Eagle, Globe, and Anchor ceremony at the conclusion of the grueling Crucible training exercise where recruits make the official transformation and are finally recognized as United States Marines. It comes to us courtesy of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Cpl. Andrew Neumann. Eudy is set to graduate from MCRD Parris Island on April 26, 2019.

Welcome to the brotherhood Marine. Congratulations.