Here's How This 'Boy Meets World' Star Made A 13-Year-Old's Birthday Unforgettable

Shawn Hunter fans, prepare to smile.

Most people dream of a celebrity wishing them a happy birthday, but for Alex Hengsterman, it became a reality.

But the Twitter video didn't come so easily.

His brother, Jackson Hengsterman, organized an entire Twitter campaign to get Rider Strong's attention for Alex's birthday. He told ABC News how much Alex loves and emulates Strong's character on "Boy Meets World."

"He loves the move Shawn Hunter does in the show where he spikes his hair up, like in the video I posted," he said. "He does the hair spiking often, especially when he sees some 'ladies' he is trying to impress. It's hilarious."

Alex's mom, Stacey Hengsterman, also told ABC News just how much a birthday message from Strong would mean to Alex.

"Just the thought of Rider saying that he heard Alex was his biggest fan and he was thinking of him would be something Alex would talk about for the rest of his life," she said.


With that in mind, Jackson reached out to Strong with a video of Alex's Shawn Hunter impression and started #Rider4Alex to get his attention.

ABC 7 News in California's Bay Area caught wind of Jackson's Twitter campaign, as well as others on Twitter.

On April 12, Alex's birthday, Strong sent his birthday wishes to him and told him how many people –– including the cast of "Boy Meets World" –– reached out to him to make sure he wished him a happy birthday. He even gave him tips on how to perfect the Shawn Hunter hair flip.

Jackson sent Strong a video with Alex's surprised reaction.

(H/T: ABC7)

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