Grab some tissues before you watch this one. In this touching video, Jayce Correia raps to his eight-year-old son, Jared, who was born with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, hydrocephalus and other conditions after he suffered a stroke in utero. Though he’s unable to walk, talk or see, Jared responds enthusiastically to music, making his dad’s words all the more poignant.
The range of emotions expressed in this song—love, joy, pride, optimism and, yes, moments of frustration—get to the heart of what it’s like to parent a child with special needs. And the video also puts a spotlight on the extra financial burden families of special-needs kids are often faced with: Jared’s new wheelchair weighs about 70 pounds, so the family is trying to raise $40,000 through a Go Fund Me campaign for a lift for their current vehicle and a van modified for a wheelchair.
It’s easy to see why Correia’s tender rap has drawn supportive responses from around the world, with other parents of special-needs kids sharing their own stories. From the first word to the last, it certainly pulled at our heartstrings.