10-Year-Old With Eye Cancer Finds Inner Confidence, Thanks to Rapper Fetty Wap (PHOTOS)

These days, you never know who will inspire you in the self-esteem department. Gone are the typical answers like Oprah, Mother Teresa, or a beloved family relative. Brenda Vaden wants to give rapper Fetty Wap a shout out for inspiring her 10-year-old son to live confidently, as the two share something in common.


No, it's not a love of hip hop (well, maybe, but that's not the answer), but the need to wear a prosthetic eye.

Check out Brenda's Instagram post that explains it all -- then we'll talk.

(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

Wasn't this touching? Brenda's son is such a cutie! If this didn't move you, wait until you see what Fetty wrote in return. Keep reading.

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While I don't listen to Fetty Wap's music (when I first heard his name, I thought it was some new type of cling wrap), I can appreciate a celebrity using his or her platform for good, especially when it focuses on turning up the self-confidence meter. In case you didn't know, Fetty developed glaucoma during his childhood that caused him to lose his left eye. I can only imagine how that affected his self-esteem growing up as kids -- and adults for that matter -- aren't always nice.

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Jayden is a cutie who shouldn't feel less than awesome because he has a physical difference. If he found strength to live a life without his prosthetic eye because of one of his favorite rappers, rock on J -- I mean, rap on.

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