Fetty Wap Ignites Courage In A Young Boy With A Prosthetic Eye
According to the music charts, Fetty Wap had one of the best breakthrough moments in the industry this summer. From “Trap Queen” to “Again,” VIBE’s cover star served as the inspiration for what’s heard on a few playlists this season. But now, he’s serving as an inspiration for something totally outside of music.
A young boy from Denver, Col. named Jayden Vaden was diagnosed with retinoblastoma at the age of one. As a result, he lost an eye, and wore a prosthesis since that time. Now, his mother Brenda Vaden took to her social media accounts to reveal that thanks to Fetty, her son is comfortable to leave the prosthetic eye at home.
“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,” Brenda said. “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.”
You can read the entire heartwarming post below.
(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
The “679” rapper was born with glaucoma and lost his left eye at 6 months of age. During a sit-down with DJ Self, Fetty went into full detail on his features, also highlighting it on the cover art for his debut album.