A dad in Connecticut is pulling at the heartstrings of the Web with a beautiful rap song dedicated to his son. Jayce Correia’s 8-year-old boy, Jared, was born with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and other serious medical conditions. He told Yahoo News, “Jared suffered a stroke in utero. He was born with hydrocephalus and had his first of seven brain surgeries at only three days old. Shortly after, the diagnoses just poured in — septo-optic dysplasia, cerebral palsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, schizencephaly, and more.”
Jayce used his passion for rapping and his love for his son to produce an original video. “I wrote this song for Jared because Jared is my hero,” he said. “I have been a firsthand witness of what he goes through and how strong he is. He is the inspiration.”
On Monday, Jayce posted the video to Facebook, where it has been viewed more than 600,000 times. Jayce and Jared’s song has been inspiring other parents of special-needs children across the country, who have been sharing photos of their families in the video’s comments section. Jared’s dad also launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for a van equipped with a handicap ramp to help get the brave little guy to medical appointments and family outings. He told us: “Jared is only getting bigger and has outgrown the typical car seat. We need a safer way to transport him.” That’s a worthy cause for someone who — even at such a young age — is inspiring so many.