On December 11, the Tim Tebow Foundation announced in a press release that Tebow CURE Hospital has opened in Davao City, Philippines.
Amazingly, in November 2013, the construction of Tebow’s hospital survived Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded in the Philippines. The hospital will treat children with the most critical orthopedic needs and who normally could not afford treatment.
As LifeNews previously reported, Tebow is a popular football quarterback who became a pro-life star when he shared how his mother Pam rejected abortion after doctors told her that killing her baby was the only way to save her life. At the time, Pam and her husband were on a mission trip in the Philippines when Pam suddenly became ill will dysentery. Tim says his mother’s doctors described him as a “fetal tumor” and “mass of cells” that had to be removed.
However, Tim’s mom courageously refused abortion and both Pam and Tim miraculously survived. In 2010, Tim and Pam partnered with Focus on the Family by sharing their story in a Superbowl commercial. The commercial was seen by millions of Americans and received high praise from pro-life groups.
The Foundation was founded in 2010 by former National Football League (NFL) star Tim Tebow, who was born in the Philippines to American missionary parents, before he went on to play for the New York Jets and Denver Broncos. Mr Tebow said to the media last week, “It is so exciting to be able to provide healing and care for these incredibly deserving children halfway around the world.”
The importance of faith was introduced to Mr Tebow, who is a devout and outspoken Christian, from a very young age, as his mother fell victim to a life-threatening disease in the Philippines while pregnant. His mother subsequently ignored the abortion recommendation of doctors, who were convinced that the medication she needed to recover would seriously harm her baby, and eventually gave birth to her healthy son, Tim. As an adult, Mr Tebow became recognized for acknowledging God on the football field through prayer, and inscribing Bible verses on his face with black eye liner.
After the proposal was publicized in 2011, construction of the hospital began in January 2012, and was completed in September. The hospital building consists of five stories, 30 beds and three operating rooms for pediatric orthopedic surgeries. Clearly, the project is also of great importance to CURE International, as its president, Dale Brantner, said to reporters: “The opening of the Tebow CURE Hospital is the fulfillment of long-held dreams and many prayers. We are excited to partner with the Tim Tebow Foundation to bring healing to the children of the Philippines in Jesus’ name.”