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GREAT FALLS - An 8-year-old boy who credits a Shriners Hospital for teaching him to walk has donated all his birthday presents to other patients.

Mitchell Bohn, of Great Falls, came up with the idea to have a big birthday bash and give away the loot to the Shriners Hospital in Spokane.

Born with a spinal chord defect, Bohn has undergone 10 surgeries in his eight years. He says his ability to walk with a walker is because of the extensive physical therapy he received at the Shriners Hospital.

"If not for the Shriners, he figures he wouldn't walk at all," his mother, Carmen Bohn, said. "He's proud that he can walk, and he wants the Shriners to know that."

The toys he received at a big Saturday party will go into the toy room at the Spokane hospital. That's where every patient is taken to select a toy before leaving the hospital.

The Shriners Hospital in Spokane treats about 3,000 Montana children every year, according to Billee Bersch of the Daughters of the Nile.

Patients aren't charged for services at Shriners Hospitals.

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