Vigil held for Hastings High School student whose last wish was to see Beyoncé

By Brittany Taylor - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night for an Alief Independent School District student who died of cancer this week after getting a chance to see Beyoncé before she died.

The vigil was held at 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Hastings High School.

The "Lemonade" singer made a very special phone call on Wednesday in an effort to cheer up one of her fans, Ebony Banks, who was battling cancer.

Earlier in the week, the Banks family and friends started a campaign on her behalf in an effort to reach out to Beyoncé to speak with the young girl, who has spent the last year in the hospital after being diagnosed with stage four cancer.

After learning about Banks and her inspirational journey, Beyoncé contacted her via Facetime. A Beyonce fan site posted a video of the emotional encounter and Banks couldn't have been more excited to talk with her idol.

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The campaign to reach out to Beyoncé began shortly after the Alief Independent School District held an early graduation ceremony in Banks' honor, organized by her family, friends and classmates.

Soon after, Banks' close group of friends and the school itself started sharing the #EBOBMEETSBEYONCE campaign on social media. After tirelessly trying to get Banks' the one-on-one meeting she hoped for, their hard work paid off.

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