The messages on his index cards have already been read by more than a million people and counting.
The words, written in bold black ink, share Ben Breedlove’s hopes, dreams and fears about life, death and the heart condition that would ultimately take his life on Christmas Day.
One of the millions moved: hip-hop artist Kid Cudi, who Breedlove said came to him in a vision – a memory he recalled in the sequence of YouTube videos he posted before his death.
“I watched the video he left for the world to see, and him seeing me in detail, in his vision really warmed my heart,” Cudi, 27, writes on his blog. “I broke down, I am [brought] to tears.”
Breedlove’s vision came to him on Dec. 6, or the third time he “cheated death,” he wrote. As he was being revived after passing out in the hallways of his high school, he saw Kid Cudi in a bright white room; both are wearing suits.
Kid Cudi says the Austin teenager “has really touched my heart in a way I cant describe.”
“This is why I do what I do. Why I write my life, and why I love you all so much,” Kid Cudi continues. “Life is really f– up sometimes.”
In the vision, Breedlove recalled lyrics to one of Kid Cudi’s songs, “Mr. Rager”: “When will the fantasy end/when will the heaven begin.”
“I know Ben is at Peace,” the rapper writes. “To Ben’s family, you raised a real hero, he’s definitely mine.”