Fetty Wap isn’t just dominating the charts, he’s inspired one young fan to be more confident.
A Denver mom thanked the “Trap Queen” rapper for encouraging her son not to wear his prosthetic eye. Brenda Vaden shared the touching message over social media last week, and it quickly went viral. Vaden’s 10-year-old son, Jayden, lost his eye to the retinal cancer known as retinoblastoma, when he was a baby. Thanks to Fetty not wearing his prosthetic eye (which he lost to glaucoma as a child), Jayden is no longer shy about being “different.”
“Jayden was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma at the age of 1,” wrote Vaden. “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.”
Though mom admitted to being scared for her son as he navigates through life with one eye (“because this world can be cruel,” she wrote ), Vaden is thankful for Fetty. “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. “
Fetty read Vaden's words and responded with a heartfelt message of his own. “All I wanna do is show people that it’s not how you look or what you see," he wrote. "It’s how you see it, and what your [sic] looking for from yourself."
Read Vaden's full post below.
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(Photos from left: Paras Griffin/Getty Images, Brenda Vaden via Facebook)