Teen brings little girl’s mermaid dream to life

Teen brings little girl's mermaid dream to lifeKeegan Carnahan/Twitter: @selftltledtyler(TAMPA, Fla.) — One little girl’s magical mermaid dreams of being “Under the Sea” came true during bath time last week.

Keegan Carnahan, a teen from Tampa, Florida, was helping give her nanny’s daughter a bath while the nanny, Jenna Haslam, was busy making dinner.

Haslam’s daughter, 3-year-old Alidy Clark, thought Carnahan looked like a real-life mermaid because of her dyed pink hair, so the teen decided to take it one step further by putting on a waterproof mermaid tail she had in her closet.

The timing worked out perfectly because Haslam had just ordered Alidy a children’s mermaid tail too, and the two quickly flipped and floated their way into “gadgets and gizmos a-plenty” paradise.

“Alidy had decided to wear her mermaid costume around the house and ironically I had gone through a phase a couple years ago and had a mermaid tail in my closet!” Carnahan, 15, wrote to ABC News. “I thought what happened was funny so I was texting my friend Sophia about it and put it on Twitter but I never would’ve expected it to get this big.”

Carnahan tweeted photos of their enchanting mermaid time together on March 22 and it was an instant hit on social media, garnering 15,000 retweets and 25,000 likes.

“What are you up to” pic.twitter.com/y0KUGSQcV6

— keegs (@selftltledtyler) March 23, 2017

The girls’ sweet bonding time meant the world to Haslam, who said her daughter has been going through a tough time since Alidy’s father died in November.

“Since the day he passed, Alidy has decided to wear princess outfits. It makes her feel better, so I think we’ve gotten every single one,” Haslam explained of the costumes. “So the fact she and Keegan found something to bond about … for Keegan to take the time to do that for her meant the world.”

Carnahan, however, was thrilled for the opportunity to brighten Alidy’s day while channeling her own inner-mermaid.

“Alidy’s dad had passed away a couple months ago and that has obviously been pretty hard for her to comprehend,” said Carnahan. “I’m really happy that we were able to have fun and ‘dive’ into things that make her happy. I really hope to be in her life for as long as possible because she is a really hilarious kid.”

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Teen with cancer dies days after Beyonce FaceTimes with her

Teen with cancer dies days after Beyonce FaceTimes with herPhil McCarten/CBS(HOUSTON) — Ebony Banks, the Houston teen battling a rare form of cancer, has died — just days after her wish to speak to her idol Beyonce was fulfilled.

A spokesman for Alief Independent School District, where Banks was a student, confirmed that she passed away early Sunday morning.

“I understand she had a smile on her face till the very end,” spokesman Craig Eichhorn told ABC News.

Hours later, the students at Alief Hastings High School, from which Banks had recently graduated and where she was a member of the color guard for four years, organized a candlelight vigil in the band practice lot.

Members of the color guard held their candles up in the air and swayed along to the song “Halo” by Beyonce.

They were the same folks who had organized a social media campaign more than a week ago to get Beyonce to meet Banks, using the teen’s nickname Ebob and the hashtag #EbobMeetsBeyonce.

After Beyonce made the FaceTime call to Banks last Wednesday, friends and fans took to Twitter to celebrate and post pictures of the big moment.

In the clip, Banks tells Beyonce that she loves her, and the singer replies, “I love you.”

Beyoncé facetiming with Ebony, a fan with a rare cancer disease whose last wish was to see Beyoncé. ❤️️💙 pic.twitter.com/pCkGzF4feZ

— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@Bey_Legion) March 22, 2017

Banks was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last summer and started chemotherapy in September, according to her band director, Paul Brodt.

But Brodt told ABC News last week that Banks still made every effort to attend school as well as color guard practice and competitions. In fact, she showed up at a competition earlier this month before her health took a turn for the worse.

Afterward, Banks remained in the hospital and received her high school diploma at a special ceremony held at MD Anderson and attended by 100 people — including her 23 color guard teammates, school faculty members, school administrators and hospital staffers.

It was at her special graduation that the campaign to meet Beyonce was launched.

“Our kids love her … and would do anything for her,” Brodt said last week. “She’s inspired everybody — me along with all of our kids.”

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