Valley cancer survivor's video goes viral giving new hope to other kids

Posted at 10:24 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 01:24:25-04

Nine-year-old Valley cancer survivor Abri Bentley just celebrated her birthday and she's on a mission to end childhood cancer with a viral video that's been seen hundreds of thousands of times on social media.

"The system for kids is broken," Abri says in the video.

Abri beat Ewings Sarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer. She has a human adult cadaver arm in her leg, which she proudly calls her "arg."

In her video, Abri details a number of childhood cancer deaths in the U.S. and the need for a cure.

"I just want to show people that cancer is not fair and it's not fun," said Abri.

Through her research Abri says she had learned in the last 100 days nearly 5,000 kids have been diagnosed with childhood cancer and 700 kids died from it.

"That's more than my whole school," said Abri.

"You have survivor's guilt," said Abri's mom Nikkole Bentley. "Why did Abri make it when these other kids didn't? And I don't have the answer for that."

Something they hope will change: only three childhood cancer drugs have been approved since 1980.

"Specifically for childhood cancer, three," said Nikkole Bentley. "That's insane."

The video and their mission is a family affair.

Abri's older sister meets with siblings of kids fighting cancer to let them know they are not alone. And Abri and her family created the "Team Abri Foundation" where they visit families and drop of essentials they'll need in the hospital.

The video ends with a tribute to all of Abri's friends who have passed and a hope that in the future no family will have to say goodbye to a child taken by cancer.