Mom Thanks Fetty Wap for Encouraging Son to ‘Be Different’

Mom Thanks Fetty Wap for Encouraging Son to ‘Be Different’

10-year-old fan ditches prosthetic eye because of "Trap Queen" rapper.

Published September 16, 2015

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.”  

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“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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(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

A photo posted by Brenda Vaden (@anaisvaden) on

(Photos from left: Paras Griffin/Getty Images, Brenda Vaden via Facebook)

Written by Latifah Muhammad

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