The post on social media read, “My name is Teejay Stainer from Andover, England. I wear a prosthetic leg. These are my Eminem legs I’ve had made. My wish is for Eminem to see them. Thank you.” The picture shows Teejay holding the message smiling while sitting in a chair. Underneath that is a picture of his prosthetic leg with Eminem’s face on it. People were inspired to share this message over 20,000 times via several social media sites to make sure this message reached the child’s hero.
According to the Daily Echo, Teejay is 10 years old and was born without a calf bone in his right leg. At 14 months old, doctors had to amputate the limb. Doctors did not expect him to be able to walk. That was not acceptable to Teejay’s parents–Georgina and Richard Stainer. They are Eminem fans themselves and used the drive of his music as well as the truth of his own personal struggles in the lyrics to encourage their brave son to keep trying.
While Teejay was learning to walk, his parents would play Eminem’s music to inspire and give him strength. Moreover, his parents taught him to intently listen to what the rapper had to say and what the words meant.
Thanks to Eminem’s words and the 10-year-old’s determination, Teejay climbs trees, plays basketball, and most other things young boys do. He is continuously inspired by his hero’s lyrics about adversity and pushing forward.
All Teejay wanted to do was let Eminem, who is also known as Slim Shady, know how his words and music influenced him. He wanted to tell the rapper thank you for helping him when he was struggling and let him know he was a dedicated fan.
Eventually, Eminem heard the 10-year-old’s story and sent a surprise gift to his home in Andover, England. He sent Teejay his 2010 album, Recovery, signed, “To: Tee Jay – Saw ur pic [and] read ur message! Thanks 4 the support!”
According to the Daily Echo, Georgina said that although Teejay was more than excited to receive the package, he would not open it until his dad got home. One of Teejay’s favorite songs by Slim Shady is Survival and Guts Over Fear.
Teejay says that Eminem is his hero because he came from nothing and became something. The 10-year-old boy can relate to overcoming steep obstacles.
The article about the boy and his hero on a magazine’s website has spurred many lesser-known facts about Eminem. His compassion for children is not one of those facts. However, it is not as well-known that the rapper adopted his ex-wife’s, Kim, niece, as well as the child that resulted from Kim’s affair. Children seem to have a large and special place in his heart.
Truthfully, Eminem is a hero to many more Teejays out there. He fought to rap in the Detroit, Michigan underground, and it was not a white man’s world. The real Slim Shady does not stop when he is pain or struggling. Instead, he puts his pain to beats and inspires the world.
“I’m not afraid to take a stand. Everybody come take my hand. We’ll walk this road together, through the storm whatever weather, cold or warm. Just to let you know that you’re not alone. Holla if you feel like you’ve been down the same road,” as Eminem said in his song, Not Afraid.
Opinion by Jeanette Smith
Edited by Leigh Haugh
People: Eminem Grants Wish for 10-Year-Old Boy With a Prosthetic Leg
The BoomBox: Eminem Gives Young Boy With Prosthetic Leg the Gift of a Lifetime
US Magazine: Eminem Responds to 10-Year-Old Superfan
Eminem: ‘Not Afraid’
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