In February 2010, I was at a Super Bowl party with some college friends in Elmhurst, Illinois. I remember it so precisely not only because my hometown team, the New Orleans Saints, was taking on the Indianapolis Colts, but also because that was the year Focus on Family ran a television ad featuring Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam. The ad, “Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life” was unlike any Super Bowl ad I had ever seen because it brought the pro-life message to millions of viewers. You can view that ad here.
Unbelievably, figures showed that Super Bowl XLIV was the first sporting event to ever exceed 100 million viewers. And the initial numbers revealed that 106.5 million people watched the pro-life commercial Focus on the Family ran during the game — which bested 1983’s M*A*S*H finale and its old record of 105.97 million viewers.
As LifeNews previously reported, in 1985, the family of Tim Tebow was living in the Philippines as missionaries. Pam Tebow contracted amoebic dysentery, likely from contaminated drinking water. She fell into a coma and received strong drugs to combat the infection. It turned out she was pregnant with her fifth child. Those drugs caused the placenta to detach from the uterine wall, depriving the unborn baby, Tim Tebow, of oxygen. When she realized she was pregnant, doctors stopped the drugs they had given Pam but said that the high doses of medicine had already damaged Tim.
The doctors believed there was danger to Pam and that the baby would not survive, or if he did, would have very serious problems. The best doctor they could find at the time suggested Pam have an abortion. However, Pam refused and today we all know Tim Tebow as an American football quarterback.
Now Focus on the Family has shared that the ad was so powerful that it rescued a baby from abortion. In a recent video, Susan Wood explains that it was their ad that encouraged her to choose life for her baby.
She said, “That was the night that I saw Tim Tebow’s commercial. That’s really what brought me to Focus on the Family. I went home and I watched the commercial again on YouTube. I explored the site, I watched video after video, then I emailed Focus on the Family…Then I got an email back and literally within reading that email it was almost instantly that decision, the things that she said just clicked. And I knew that all along that was what I wanted to do, that I needed to have the strength to do it. There was nothing after that, I knew I’m keeping the baby. I’m having her. ”
Susan’s daughter, Avita Grace, is four years old and Susan say’s they do everything together. Susan concluded, “I think about the commercial, Tim Tebow and the people from Focus daily. I am so grateful. If there hadn’t been a Super Bowl commercial, if I hadn’t been at the party, if someone had responded to my email in a different way . . .I will never be able to express the gratitude and love that I feel.”
Watch the video below to learn more about Susan and Avita’s powerful story.