Fetty Wap Inspires Young Boy to Remove His Prosthetic Eye

Fetty Wap Hot 100 Festival 2015
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Fetty Wap poses backstage during Billboard Hot 100 Festival - Day 2 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 23, 2015 in Wantagh, New York.  

You probably don't think of Fetty Wap as an inspiration to children, but a heartfelt story from Colorado mom Brenda Vaden proves otherwise. "Today I am forever thankful to a young man named Willie Maxwell aka Fetty Wap," she wrote in an Instagram post. "He unknowingly gave [my son] Jayden something we weren't able to give him -- the confidence to be different."

This confidence was brought upon by Jayden's love of the "My Way" rapper -- he's a "real fan," as his mom attests. Diagnosed with Retinoblastoma at the age of one, Jayden underwent eye removal surgery shortly after and has since worn a prosthetic. Losing an eye at a young age is something he has in common with Fetty Wap, and it was the latter's choice not to wear a prosthetic that prompted Jayden to similarly "venture the world without" one. 

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Vaden profusely thanked the rapper for daring to be different and influencing her son to do the same. "And we'll be purchasing his album," she concludes, "a small thank you to him for changing Jayden's life forever."

After the post went viral, Fetty -- and the Colorado mom -- responded. See it all 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

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