HOUSTON - A teen bravely battling a rare form of cancer had one of her dreams come true: she met Beyoncé.
Ebony Banks, who is being treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center, idolizes the pop-star. So some of her classmates at Alief Hastings High School used the power of social media to get Queen B's attention.
"We just decided she should, you know, meet Beyoncé," said Alief Hastings senior Shanya McKnight. "We started this hashtag to see how far we could get."
McKnight and other students bombarded Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with message using Ebony's nickname, Ebob, in a hashtag: #EBOBMEETSBEYONCE.
"We started hashtagging it, tagging people, we tagged the news," said McKnight. "Mostly, we tagged Beyoncé we wanted to get her attention that Ebony wanted to meet her."
The effort worked. Beyoncé called Banks on Facetime Wednesday afternoon. On the video posted to social media, you can hear the singer telling her fan, "I love you."
When Bank's friends saw the post, they knew their efforts paid off.
"It was like wow, it really happened," said McKnight. "We actually got her attention."
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