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MS patient runs for first time in 20 years, thanks to special treadmill: VIDEO

























Bonnie Iglesias, of Hillsboro, after her workout at Tuality HealthPlace. (Luke Hammill / The Oregonian)

It had been 20 years since Bonnie Iglesias went for a run.

She used to love running, as a young Nike employee. But multiple sclerosis has kept Iglesias, 61, of Hillsboro, from doing so for the past 20 years.

That changed recently, when Tuality Healthcare secured funding through its foundation to purchase an anti-gravity treadmill from AlterG. The machine, which costs upwards of $35,000, surrounds the runner's legs with a plastic bubble-like container and uses air pressure to decrease her effective body weight by as much as 75 percent. That way, Iglesias can run without pain or fear of falling.

Iglesias now runs once a week during physical therapy sessions at Tuality HealthPlace in Hillsboro. Her physical therapist, Kim Lierman, said the machine can help athletes return faster from injury, as well. Lierman is also a certified athletic trainer.

"She's walking freer and quicker than what she was before" as a result of the training on the treadmill, Lierman said of Iglesias.

Iglesias said running on the machine for the first time was "very emotional" and "exciting.

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