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Non-Profit Donates iPads To Bozeman Hospital

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On Wednesday, Bozeman Deaconess Hospital received eighteen iPads to be used by their patients during treatments.

Nine of those iPads were donated by United Luv, a non-profit started to remember of a young boy who passed away from cancer.

"He felt bad for patients who had nothing to do and no family," said Dallas Eaton, Ryan's brother.

Ryan Eaton was diagnosed with cancer in December 2011 at the age of 25.

"He had a soft tissue tumor that started in his lower back and it wrapped around all the nerves down his leg," said Ryan's mother Vicki Eaton.

During his treatments, he was in so much pain, he couldn't hold up his laptop.

"To be able to hold a small iPad was the ticket for him," Vicki said. "It just worked so good for him and it occupied his mind."

Ryan and his brother, Dallas started a at-shirt business before finding out Ryan had cancer. The business idea quickly changed after Ryan was diagnosed. Ryan's family describes him as a very selfless person, always worrying about others.

After Ryan passed away in February, the family wanted to do something in honor of him.
Their non-profit, United Luv provides iPads for patients during treatments.

"It feels really good to be able to do this," said Dallas. "We've been able to see patients use it and it's been awesome."

"We always say when we do a donation that Ryan is smiling down saying 'good job you guys, you did this for me,'" said Vicki.

The iPads were provided to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, nine donated by United Luv and nine by the hospital.

"It's incredibility humbling and we're so appreciative," said Kevin Pitzer, Bozeman Deaconess President/CEO. "As experience in health care we see families struggling with isolation and loneliness in patients."

Pitzer says the iPads will be used in several different departments.

"Majority of them will be going into our cancer center," Pitzer said. "We'll also be delivering some of them in our pediatric in-patient unit and then within our surgical department."

So far, United Luv has provided 109 iPads to patients throughout Montana. The iPads have been provided to hospitals in Billings, Missoula and Helena.

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