Beyoncé FaceTimes With Teen Battling Stage Four Cancer

March 23, 2017  |  

Ebony Banks, who goes by the nickname Ebob, has spent much of her senior year in the hospital battling a rare form of stage four cancer. Her biggest wish was to meet Beyoncé.
She told Houston’s KHOU, “She’s like my everything and my idol. And if I ever met her, I would probably pass out.”

So Banks’ friends launched a campaign via social media, using the hashtag #EBobMeetsBeyonce. The teen girls reached out to the news, tagged Beyoncé’s mother, sister, The Ellen Show and of course the singer herself. The campaign ended up receiving thousands of retweets.

And yesterday, Banks’ wish came true when the star reached out to her via Facetime. The two had a private conversation. But Ebony’s family took a short video of a bit of the conversation where you can hear Beyoncé and Ebony sharing their love for each other.

Her friend said, “It was just like ‘Wow, it really happened.’ I thought it was going to take longer but we actually got her attention.”

Another friend said she received the images when she was driving and immediately starting screaming and crying.

We should all be so blessed to have friends like Ebony.

Earlier this month, Ebony’s high school district held a special, early graduation ceremony for Banks at the MD Anderson Hospital where she is being treated. Ebony, who had already been accepted to college, says she wants to become a pediatric nurse in order to help other young people battling cancer.


Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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