Penta Prosthetics, a non-profit organization pairing gently worn and slightly outdated prostheses from the United States with international amputees in need, has tapped a 12-year-old Scottsdale girl as one of its “global mobility ambassadors.”
Abriel “Abri” Bentley was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, at age 7. After 17 rounds of chemo, she endured an unsuccessful limb salvage surgery which led to bone removal and a decision to amputate rather than attempt another limb salvage.
Abri, who has been cancer-free for more than four years, earlier this year won Penta’s Dance 4 Mobility Challenge, a national dance competition to support mobility for people with prosthetic limbs.
Due to regulations preventing the reuse of prosthetic limbs in the United States, Penta recycles and repurposes donated components to organizations in partner countries, including Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand, Togo, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
“With its mission to give prosthetic limbs a second life, Penta has teamed up with some familiar faces in the amputee world to kick off its Global Mobility Ambassador Program,” the nonprofit said in a release.
It said its ambassadors will advocate for Penta’s mission, participating in fundraisers, events and speaking opportunities to share their stories and connect with the amputee community at large.
“We’re thrilled to kick off our Penta Global Mobility Ambassador Program and have Abriel Bentley join such a dedicated, courageous and inspiring line-up of members,” said Penta founder/director Henry Iseman. “Each ambassador brings something different to the table and the Penta team is looking forward to working with Abriel to encourage others to be part of the movement.”
Abri danced her way to winning an electric bike.
She submitted her dance on Instagram just days before she underwent surgery.
“I was in my wheelchair at the time because it was right before my surgery to remove the metal in my leg. My leg hurt too much to walk, so I had to be in my wheelchair,” Abri told the Progress earlier this year.
“Even though it hurt, it was definitely worth it,” Abri said.
Iseman said that by giving the gift of mobility to amputees without access to care around the world, “we can help them overcome the challenges they face and pursue their passions just like Abri has.”
The challenge amassed more than 3 million impressions and garnered dance videos from both the able and disabled communities.