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United teams up with the Golden State Warriors for a deserving teen

By Ryan Hood, May 23, 2018

After cancer cost Zion his leg, we teamed up with the Golden State Warriors to give him the surprise of a lifetime. Watch Zion's journey to San Francisco, and hear the words of encouragement he exchanged with Shaun Livingston before and after the game, with an appearance by Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, who hung out with Zion courtside.

Lovetta Spencer braced herself at the news. The word cancer was barely out of the doctor's mouth, and her mind was already reeling. Days earlier, she had brought in her 17-year-old son Zion Spencer for routine X-rays after he rolled his ankle playing basketball, but test results revealed something much more serious: osteosarcoma – bone cancer – cells in Zion's leg.

As his doctor's voice faded from his ears, Zion's eyes dropped and a look of dread slowly registered on his face. But it had nothing to do with cancer, or life or death. As far as Zion was concerned, the only thing that mattered was when, or if, he'd play basketball again.

In the weeks that followed, Zion, a standout player and captain of his Chicago high school's varsity basketball team, underwent surgery to amputate the lower part of his right leg, the only option to ensure his survival. In what felt like an instant, his athletic dreams came to a crashing end. Then came a beacon of hope he never could have expected.

Thanks to help from the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago – a long time United partner and the place where Zion first learned to love the game – and the Golden State Warriors, our Community Affairs and Marketing teams arranged for Zion, his mother and his brother and sister to fly to San Francisco and attend a Warriors game as the special guest of point guard Shaun Livingston, a man who knows something about what Zion has gone through.

In 2007, Shaun was one of the bright spots on a Los Angeles Clippers team that looked poised to emerge as a contender. Then a gruesome knee injury nearly ended his once-promising career. Following 16 months of painful rehabilitation and self-doubt, Shaun returned to the court and in 2015 helped the Warriors to the franchise's first NBA title in 40 years.

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On November 27, United Airlines became the first commercial airline to safely deliver the first batch of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine into the U.S. thanks to a coordinated effort between United's cargo, safety, technical operations, flight operations, regulatory and legal teams.

Now as the entire shipping and logistics industry bands together to widely distribute vaccines, United is leveraging all of its flights, including cargo-only and those carrying passengers, to transport millions of vaccines to destinations throughout our network, including Honolulu, Guam and Saipan – the first of any carrier to do so.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Airline and its customers use crowdsourcing platform - Miles on a Mission - to donate more than 11 million miles for charities like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care
By United Newsroom, December 01, 2020

CHICAGO, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United is inviting MileagePlus members to give back on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season by donating miles to nearly 40 non-profits through United Airlines' crowdsourcing platform, Miles on a Mission. Non-profits like Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care are attempting to raise a total of more than 11 million miles to be used for travel for life-saving health care, continued education, humanitarian aid and more. United will match the first 125,000 miles raised for each of these organizations to help ensure they meet their goals.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

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By The Hub team, November 27, 2020

In October 2019, we launched a first-of-its-kind airline miles donation platform, Miles on a Mission. In the inaugural year, MileagePlus members donated over 70 million miles, with United matching over 20 million miles, to 51 organizations. These miles have allowed for these organizations to do important, life-changing, life-saving work in the communities we serve around the globe.

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