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Fetty Wap meets young fan he inspired

Rapper Fetty Wap has met with a young fan he unknowingly encouraged to stop wearing his prosthetic eye.
The Trap Queen star developed glaucoma in both eyes as a young child and he was subsequently fitted with an ocular prosthesis in his left eye. However, he decided not to try to hide his disability when he launched his music career, in a bid to help him stand out from the crowd.
His story inspired 11-year-old Jayden Burgos, who lost his eye to cancer as a baby, to stop using his prosthetic eye and the child got the chance to meet with his idol, real name Willie Maxwell, backstage last month (Feb16) at a show in Denver, Colorado.
“I’m happy I got to meet Jayden and his family,” the 24-year-old tells People magazine. “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!”
Willie first heard of Jayden after his mum, Brenda Vaden, wrote an emotional Facebook post about her son’s decision to remove his prosthetic eye.
“He has always been terrified of taking it out and would not be caught without it…and then comes along Fetty Wap…,” she wrote. “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… Well, today, after weeks of asking, Jayden is venturing (into) the world without his prosthetic. I of course am a wreck because this world can be cruel, but so proud…
“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 is happy to have inspired Jayden, but he is more proud of the young boy for facing his fears head on.
“I’m glad that I was able to give him the courage to take out his prosthesis,” the rapper says. “I know how it feels to be picked on. I’ve been talked about my whole entire life. The only difference now is they’re saying good things about the guy with one eye. I’m proud of Jayden and I appreciate him more than he may know.”

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