Benjamin Daniel Breedlove and the Breedlove Family
“The Spread Your Wings Project” was borne because of one special human being and his incredible family. Benjamin Daniel Breedlove was born on 8/8/93, and passed on Christmas Day, 2011. His time on earth may have been brief, but his impact on the world is everlasting.
Wake surfing, wake boarding, being with friends, making videos and playing pranks were the things that Ben spent most of his time doing – no one would never know that he quietly battled a life-long heart condition. Ben spent 18 years on earth, then, on Christmas Day, he went home to heaven. Privately, he had created a two-part video just one week earlier, titled “This Is My Story,” in which he used flashcards to tell the world about his near-death experiences and the peace and hope of heaven.
In this final gift to the world, Ben asked one final question, “Do you believe in Angels or God? I Do.”
Through a chain of not-so-coincidental events, artists Bobby and Elizabeth Jacobs were led to Ben and the Breedlove family.
It was Ben’s final question to the world that inspired Bobby to sculpt “Gabriel,” a beautiful fossilized bluestone Angel Wing that was dedicated to Ben and installed at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, TX, where Ben had spent so much time. Ben’s words also inspired Elizabeth to create, “Spread Your Wings,” the community arts project. Last but not least, Ben’s final question inspired Bobby and Elizabeth to found “The Spread Your Wings Project.”
The Spread Your Wings Project will forever remind viewers that Angels do exist, that life is eternal, and that Love and Courage can transform any challenge. Thank you, Ben, Ally, Jake, Shawn and Deanne!
To learn more about Ben, visit www.BenBreedloveOfficial.com