An 11-year-old boy who decided to live life without his prosthetic eye has met the man who inspired the brave decision – rapper Fetty Wap.
Jayden Burgos met his hero when he was invited backstage on the Denver leg of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour.
Jayden had worn the prosthetic since he lost his eye to retinoblastoma – a rare tumour of the retina that affects young children – just after his first birthday.
In September, his mum Brenda Vaden posted an emotional Facebook post about how Fetty Wap – who also lost his eye when he was young and lives without a prosthetic – had inspired Jayden to go without his prosthetic eye.
She wrote: “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.”
At the time Fetty gave a statement to People Magazine: “I’m glad that I was able to give him the courage to take out his prosthesis. 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.”
The pair were then able to meet on February 24 – captured in a series of Instagram posts by Jayden’s mum.
Fetty even gave Jayden some Remy Boyz merchandise.
Brenda wrote on Instagram: “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.
“I have to share the best two moments for me tonight.. .Hearing Fetty telling Jayden to ‘stay different, stay living, enjoy life’ and Jayden telling us when he first saw Fetty coming up the stairs his ‘nervousness got released’ he was so happy to see Fetty he just got up and hugged him. Thanks to all that made tonight happen. My heart is full for my baby boy.”