US RAPPER Fetty Wap is inspiring generations, but in ways that extend far beyond his music.
The 24-year-old, who lost his own eye to glaucoma as a child, decided to forgo a prosthetic eye in his ascent to fame and it would seem he’s given others the confidence to do the same.
Jayden Burgos, 11, was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma as a baby, and had to have his right eye removed two weeks before his first birthday, wearing a prosthesis ever since.
But watching his music idol without his, inspired him to do the same.
After hearing about Jayden through a Facebook post by the youngster’s mum, the Trap Queen star got in touch and invited the schoolboy to join him on stage at a gig on last week, before bringing him backstage afterwards to meet his crew and hook him up with lots of autographed merchandise.
The Trap Queen hitmaker told People magazine afterward “I’m happy I got to meet Jayden and his family. He is a really cool kid! It meant a lot to me personally to finally make his wish happen. It’s definitely a day we’ll both remember!”
In the original Facebook post, Jayden’s mother Brenda, wrote: “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.”
She went on: “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.”
After the meeting, Brenda tweeted: “Today was unforgettable, can’t even express the gratitude I have towards @fettywap1738 and the rest of his crew for making it the best night for my Jay.”