Fetty Wap is definitely influential and making his mark on pop culture, but he’s also a positive influence in the life of one particular little boy. This is a heartwarming story sure to put a smile on your face.
For a little boy named Jayden in Colorado, Fetty Wap’s music isn’t as influential in his life as the fact that Fetty, like Jayden, is missing an eye. According to a heartfelt Facebook post published on his mother’s site on Sept. 10, Jayden has drawn courage from Fetty Wap’s appearance, because Fetty has the courage to go without a glass eye.
Jayden’s mother took to Facebook to express her heartfelt gratitude that the rapper was able to infuse courage into the heart of her little son, who was diagnosed with retinoblastoma when he was only 1 year old. Read the entire paragraph here:
(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.
Fetty Wap hails from Paterson, New Jersey, a city of notorious crime and poverty. He was diagnosed with glaucoma when he was a child, and was informed by doctors shortly after that they couldn’t save his left eye. He wore an ocular prosthesis for a while, but not anymore. In fact, Fetty’s left eye socket is the focus of his edgy and striking new album art.
Fetty Wap, who was born Willie Maxwell, has never been one to hide his missing eye, and has never let the feature hold him back from a burgeoning, successful rap career. Despite the fact that Jayden’s mother may not be the “biggest fan” of Fetty, it’s lovely to know that sometimes, courage and inspiration can come from the least likely of places.