US-supported hospital in Davao brings hope to children with disabilities

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Tebow Foundation executive director Erik Dellenback (fifth from right) and Cure International president and CEO Dale Branter (fourth from right) lead the ceremonial ribbon cutting to mark the grand opening of the Tebow Cure Hospital in Davao City, which will cater to pediatric orthopedic cases of underprivileged children in Mindanao. Joining them are USAid Mission Director Gloria Steele (extreme left), members of the Tebow family, Department of Health Assistant Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial (seventh from right), Sacred Harvest Foundation Founder Susie Perry (third from right), Davao City Administrator Melchor Quitain (second from right) and DOH Regional Director Abdullah Dumama (extreme right).

Tebow Foundation executive director Erik Dellenback (fifth from right) and Cure International president and CEO Dale Branter (fourth from right) lead the ceremonial ribbon cutting to mark the grand opening of the Tebow Cure Hospital in Davao City, which will cater to pediatric orthopedic cases of underprivileged children in Mindanao. Joining them are USAid Mission Director Gloria Steele (extreme left), members of the Tebow family, Department of Health Assistant Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial (seventh from right), Sacred Harvest Foundation Founder Susie Perry (third from right), Davao City Administrator Melchor Quitain (second from right) and DOH Regional Director Abdullah Dumama (extreme right).

Davao: The charitable work of famous American football player Tim Tebow has reached the disabled children of Davao with the support of the US Embassy in the Philippines.

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Tebow takes on from his father—Christian missionary Bob Tebow who opened an orphanage in Mindanao in 1992—by establishing his very own Tim Tebow Foundation in 2010.

This year, the foundation opened the Tebow Cure Hospital in Davao City giving children with orthopedic conditions a chance for a better quality of life.

Representatives from the US and Philippine governments and civil society organizations formally opened the six-storey, state-of-the-art facility specializes in pediatric orthopedics, providing charitable treatment to children with conditions like knock knees, bowed legs, and neglected clubfoot.

“The US government is pleased to support the Tebow Cure Hospital in helping underserved children in Mindanao,” United States Agency for International Development (USAid) Mission Director Gloria Steele said, noting they invest in education, health, economic development, governance and the environment throughout Mindanao.

She added, “We work to improve the health of all Filipinos, ensuring that men and women can raise healthy families and that young people can pursue more opportunities, unlocking their potential to advance prosperity and stability throughout the nation.”

US Embassy Manila’s USAid, through its American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program, awarded approximately $379,000 to cure, a network of charitable hospitals and surgical programs, to procure supplies that will support surgical services and training at Tebow Cure Hospital.

USAID, Tim Tebow Foundation, Cure International, International Care Ministries, Sacred Harvest, the Philippines’ Department of Health, and the Tebow Cure Hospital all worked together to make the hospital happen.

Cure president and CEO Dale Brantner, Tim Tebow Foundation president and executive director Erik Dellenback, and Department of Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial also gave remarks at the inauguration.

“We’re excited to be open for business in Davao City, and we’re grateful for the strong support from the community, our donors, and other partners to make this project a reality,” said Leron Lehman, executive director of the hospital. “We already provide life-changing surgeries to children with physical disabilities and are excited about the opportunity to make a difference.”

“The Tim Tebow Foundation is honored to work with Cure International and so many incredible donors to make this hospital a reality,” said Erik Dellenback, executive director of the Tim Tebow Foundation. “Tim, who was born in the Philippines, has always had great passion for this country and its amazing people.”

USAID’s ASHA program assists schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the United States that serve as study and demonstration centers for American ideas and practices. Since 1947, it assisted more than 250 institutions in over 70 countries and currently manages a worldwide portfolio of more than 100 awards.

For more information about the program, log on to www.usaid.gov.

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