Find Your Strength

The Next Step for Bonner General Health

Thank you for a wonderful event!

Bonner General Health Foundation would like to thank all of the sponsors, volunteers, and participants of the first Find Your Strength Family Fun Run!

The funds raised during our community run will go towards an Exoskeleton. This state-of-the-art rehab technology has transformed the lives of many who have lost the ability to walk due to stroke, injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and more.

Having this technology at Bonner General Health will benefit people in our community and those from throughout the Inland Northwest. Currently, the closest facility with an Exoskeleton is in Wenatchee, WA. With this addition to BGH, we would be the only hospital in Idaho with this technology.

Thank you for taking the next step with the BGH Foundation.

For more information and ways you can continue to support this fundraising effort, contact us at 

Give the Gift of Mobility

Can you imagine having to learn how to walk all over again? It’s hard enough to take that first step, but it becomes exponentially more difficult when you have to travel four hours or more just to receive the physical therapy you need.

That’s why we’ve started the Find Your Strength campaign—to fund an exoskeleton, which is a state-of-the-art rehab technology that has transformed the lives of many in our community.

Learn more about the Exoskeleton here!

Just over 12 years ago, Sandpoint resident Chris Owens was injured in a logging accident, leaving him paralyzed. After learning about the Exoskeleton, Chris made the trip to Wenatchee many times for his treatment. He would drive four hours in each direction to use the suit for 35 minutes. From these sessions, Chris saw his body progress like never before.

“I didn’t start using it [the Exoskeleton] until about eight years after my injury. I went to the gym on a regular basis, I had done lots of other activities, and I had gained some structure back through my stomach, but there was a certain point where I just seemed like I couldn’t bridge that anymore. After just a few times of using the Exoskeleton that area kind of like through my lower abdominals and through my hips, something definitely fired, and once it fired, even though it was weak, I could build on it, and it stayed. And even just having that little bit active through my body makes life so much easier in everyday tasks, so it was pretty amazing it could do that eight years after my injury.” 

Chris believes that had been introduced to the Exoskeleton immediately after his accident that he would be able to walk today. 

Please join us in raising funds so that Chris and other community members can benefit from this state-of-the-art technology that has transformed the lives of those who have lost their ability to walk.