Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Tim Tebow and CURE building children’s hospital in Philippines
By Mark Ellis
Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA (ANS) -- Quarterback Tim Tebow has become the miracle man in fourth-quarter comebacks for the Denver Broncos this season. But off the field, his foundation is partnering with CURE International to bring God’s healing miracles into the lives of young people in the Philippines.
The Tim Tebow Foundation and CURE will build a 30-bed surgical facility for children focusing primarily on orthopedics on the island of Mindanao – an area that holds a particular interest for the Heisman trophy winner.
"I was born in the Philippines and my parents have been missionaries to that area since 1985,” Tebow says. “The Philippines have always had a special place in my heart. I'm excited to be a part of this hospital that will bring healing to thousands of children who would not otherwise have access to care."
Groundbreaking for the facility in Davao City is set for January 2012 and it’s expected to open in 2013. This is the first project between the two organizations since they announced their partnership in October. The relationship grew out of an informal conversation between Tebow’s brother and CURE’s new president at the Lausanne Congress last January.
The hospital is CURE's first in the Philippines and 12th worldwide. The construction project is expected to cost $3 million, with donors from CURE and the Tebow Foundation sharing the costs.
“We see what we do as an extension of Jesus’ healing ministry,” says Scott Worrall, vice-president of CURE. Physical and spiritual healing for children has always been a primary focus since the organization’s founding in 1996 by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Scott Harrison and his wife Sally. “Their intention from the start was to value spiritual ministry along with medical care,” Worrall says.
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