Fetty Wap inspires a boy with Retinoblastoma.
For anyone who thinks rappers aren't positive role models to the kids, check this out. A young boy named Jayden, who was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma at a young age, causing the removal of his right eye, has been inspired by Fetty Wap, who, of course, also has one eye -- as, when he was a kid, Fetty lost his left eye due to glaucoma.
Jayden's mother posted a picture of her son on Instagram, and wrote a long post about how grateful she was to Fetty for inspiring her son to go to school, for the first time, without his prosthetic eye. Jayden had long been terrified of leaving the house without his prosthetic eye, but after seeing the amazing rise of Fetty Wap, he now has the confidence to go to school without it.
(Warning: long sentimental post ahead) Today I am forever thankful to a young man named Willie Maxwell aka Fetty Wap. While his music is catchy (not always agree with his lyrics but hey who am I to judge...), I'm not necessarily his fan (although Trap Queen is my jam), BUT today I'm his biggest fan. Many close friends, and of course our family know that Jayden was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma at the age of 1. In result of that he had his right eye removed 2 weeks after his 1st bday. He's worn a prosthetic eye since then. He has always been terrified of taking it out and would not be caught without it...and then comes along Fetty Wap... Similar to Jayden he lost an eye at a young age and along the way he decided that he didn't want to wear his prosthetic eye anymore, so he stopped. Jayden, let it be known, is a Fetty Wap fan, a real fan, not like me ha! Well, today, after weeks of asking, Jayden is venturing the world without his prosthetic. I of course am a wreck because this world can be cruel, but so proud of our Boogies. This young rapper unknowingly gave Jayden something we weren't able to give him-the confidence to be different- and I am grateful to him. Thanks to Fetty Wap for saying F the world this is me, and for helping make our baby boy just a little more remarkable than he already is. And we'll be purchasing his album, a small thank you to him for changing Jayden's life forever. #oneeyeandawesome #jaydenismyhero #thankyoufettywap @fettywap1738
"This young rapper unknowingly gave Jayden something we weren't able to give him - the confidence to be different - and I am grateful to him," wrote Brenda Vaden, Jayden's mother.
Brenda's post has since gone viral and reached the eye of Jayden's hero, Fetty Wap, who commented on the post, thanking Jayden for his support and praising his confidence: "All I wanna do is show ppl that it's not how you look or what you see it's how you see it and what your looking for from yourself."
Leave it to my social media queen sister to get @fettywap1738 to see Jayden's picture and story AND to respond! Jayden has been on cloud 9⃣! #thankyoufettywap for taking the time out of your busy day to leave a note for Jayden, you are AWESOME. And so are the rest of you that left sweet comments and shared Jay's story 🙌🏼😊 #fettyrocks #oneeyeandawesome #jaydenismyhero #isthisreallyhappening @omgitsmokito @fettywap1738 @nittdagritt @jlvaden @1ofakind07