JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Tim Tebow Foundation and CURE International are teaming up to build a children's hospital in the Philippines.
The Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City will be a 30-bed surgical facility focusing primarily on orthopedics. The groundbreaking will be held in January 2012 and the hospital is expected to open in mid-2013. This is the first project between the two organizations since their partnership in October.
The Philippines is where Tebow, the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos and a Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Florida, was born.
"I was born in the Philippines and my parents have been missionaries to that area since 1985. The Philippines have always had a special place in my heart," Tebow said. "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."
The hospital, which is CURE's first in the Philippines and 12th worldwide, will be on the island of Mindanao, a particularly poor area of the Philippines.
"Throughout the world, 80 million children suffer every day with crippling conditions like clubfoot and spine deformities, conditions that are correctable with surgery," said Dr. Scott Harrison, the founder and president of CURE International. "We feel blessed that the Tim Tebow Foundation has chosen to partner with us to bring first-world quality care and spiritual healing to the children of the Philippines."
The hospital will house a Timmy's Playroom, which will provide faith, hope and love to children before and after their surgeries. It will be the Tim Tebow Foundation's first international playroom.
The hospital is projected to cost $3 million, which will be raised by donors.