Unbeknownst to some, hip hop icon Fat Joe said it was one of the “scariest days” of his life when he had his son at the age of 19. After learning from doctors that little Joey had been diagnosed with autism, Fat Joe made it his top priority to raise, care for and nurture his baby boy.
In recognition of World Autism Month in April and World Autism Day on April 2, Fat Joe wore an all-blue outfit — the color recognized nationally, in association with autism — and dedicated a social media post to honor his son.
“World Autism Day 💙 Joey is my heart, my king, my everything,” he said. “Our kids are our biggest blessings. Today i wear Autism blue in honor of our kids and all the families around the world dealing with special needs family members. God makes no mistakes i pray everyday for everyone and i hope you keep us in your prayers 💙💙💙💙💙 #letsgoduke”
In a special Instagram message penned on Joey’s birthday last December, the Terror Squad leader said his son is the “Biggest blessing in life.”
“Life is full of surprises,” he said. “Doctors said he wouldn’t be normal and kids like this are hard to deal with. Not once did me and my family think of giving up on Joey…I am so proud of Joey he’s my heart & soul. I love you Joey, we all love you Joey, thank you for being my Biggest blessing in life! 🙏🏽💙Happy Birthday Joey, God bless you❤️❤️❤️,” he wrote.
Autism Speaks celebrates World Autism Month every April.
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