After battling testicular cancer, The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo was told he shouldn’t have high hopes of ever being a father again.
“My wife and I decided to try and have another child and went to a fertility doctor, who said that it might be impossible,” the rapper, who was born Jaime Luis Gomez, says in the current issue of PEOPLE.
But rather than spend money with expensive fertility treatments, Taboo, 41, and his wife Jaymie, 37, began trying on their own and within a month they were expecting their daughter Jett, who was born in February.
“Our daughter is a miracle baby, and having time with her and my sons means everything to me — they’re why I kept fighting,” says Taboo, who is also dad to sons Journey, 5, Jalen, 7, and Josh, 23.
Now Taboo hopes to help inspire others to keep fighting, too.
“I’ve been cancer-free for over two years, but the real battle isn’t over,” says the rapper, who has partnered with the American Cancer Society for a new campaign called The Fight to inspire others battling cancer to maintain a positive outlook and all people to get tested if they see any warning signs.
As part of the campaign, Taboo debuted his new song “The Fight” on The Doctors Wednesday.
“There are millions going through things like this and I want to remind them that we don’t curl up into a ball when we have a trial or tribulation,” he says. “We get up and fight.”
For more information, go to cancer.org.
For more from Taboo — including how his bandmate wil.i.am helped him along his cancer battle — pick up the Sexiest Man Alive issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.