The funeral for Ben Breedlove at Gateway Church in Austin, TX just ended. But the legacy of the 18-year-old’s courageous life continues to spread and inspire online.
As previously reported by the Daily Dot, Breedlove suffered from a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy that made it difficult to pump blood. A week before his death on Christmas day, the high schooler posted an bittersweet eight-minute video to YouTube that told his life story with profound humility and grace.
Broken up into two parts, the videos have been viewed nearly 2.5 million times—nearly double the amount measured yesterday.
The massive outpouring of support and condolences online, especially on YouTube, led several local television stations to live-stream his funeral. Likewise, a Facebook tribute page, RIP Ben Breedlove, has garnered more than 14,000 fans.
A Go Fund Me drive to benefit Breedlove’s family has already raised $3,402, mostly through small donations, like the $10 that Aviva gave.
“Ben, your video was beyond touching,” she posted along with her pledge. “You will be missed. I wish you could know how much of a positive impact you’ve made. Sending lots of love through the internet to your family and friends.”
During his funeral on Thursday afternoon, his name was also a trending topic on Twitter, mentioned more than 3,000 times in the last three hours, according to Topsy, a social media search engine.