For the past year, Fetty Wap has been the go-to rapper to turn parties around the nation up to the next level. Best known for his Billboard hits “Trap Queen” and “Again”, Fetty had everyone from Rihanna to Ed Sherran confessing their love for his songs. Plus, he recently received the key to his hometown of Patterson, New Jersey.
Fetty has not only been leaving an impression on the rap game, but also with his new legion of fans. One in particular, Jayden Vaden, relates to him in a way many can’t.
Vaden, a young boy from Denver, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma at only one year old. As a result, he lost his eye and has been wearing a prosthesis ever since. As we all know, Fetty lost his eye as well from an accident that gave him congenital glaucoma. According to Fetty, “The doctor saved one, I was blessed to still have my vision”.
Jaden’s mother Brenda took to Instagram to thank Fetty for inspiring her son to leave his prosthetic eye at home.
“This young rapper unknowingly gave Jayden something we weren’t able to give him the confidence to be different. 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.”
You can read the entire heartfelt post as well as Fetty’s response to the 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
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
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