The first non-cancer organizations to be selected
BILLINGS, Mont. (August 14, 2015) – Billings Health & Rehabilitation Community and Valley Health Care Center, both managed by The Goodman Group, will be the first non-cancer organizations to receive iPads from United Luv Project, Inc. They will receive two iPads each on August 21, 11:00 a.m., at Valley Health Care Center. To date, Missoula-based United Luv has given out 191 iPads to health organizations and people in need. United Luv hopes that the iPads will provide the senior residents with a new way to stay connected with family and friends through skype, e-mail, social media and more. Youth group members from St. Pius Church will join the senior residents on August 21 to teach them how to use the iPads, creating a multigenerational learning experience and the forming of new relationships.
United Luv is a business created by two brothers: Ryan, a graphic design artist, and Dallas, a business major. The mission of United Luv came into effect when Ryan was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma in 2011. Only 1 to 3 individuals in a million people are diagnosed with this soft-tissue disease each year. After spending a lot of time in hospital and cancer treatment centers, Ryan quickly learned that there were limited options to pass the time. Ryan wanted to give back to others fighting cancer by providing a distraction. United Luv’s first mission was to provide iPads and tablets to Oncology floors in medical centers. To put the United Luv Project into action, the brothers decided to put 10% of the proceeds from their apparel sales towards purchasing the iPads. To keep up with monetary donations, they created United Luv Project Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, allowing tax free donations. On Feb. 9, 2013, Ryan lost his battle with cancer. Although Ryan was not able to see his dream come to fruition, his brother Dallas is continuing the mission.