Tim Tebow Forgoes Gifts for 32nd Birthday to Help Needy Children in the Philippines

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
August 15, 2019 Updated: August 20, 2019

Famous baseball player Tim Tebow believes “True success is not measured in physical possessions, but in the amount of lives that you change.” Keeping these words in mind, he celebrated his 32nd birthday on Aug. 14 with a special request—asking $150,000 donations to fund 150 life-changing surgeries for needy Filipino children at the Tebow CURE Hospital.

Former-NFL-quarterback-turned-baseball-star Tim Tebow was born in the Philippines on Aug. 14, 1987. He had spent his early years watching his parents serve as missionaries in the archipelagic country in Southeast Asia.

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At age 15, Tebow met a Filipino boy, Sherwin, who was born with his “feet on backwards.” Meeting Sherwin ignited his passion for helping others.

Hence, in 2010, he initiated the Tim Tebow Foundation to “bring faith, hope and love” to the needy. And in 2014, the Tim Tebow Foundation partnered with CURE International to establish the Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City, the Philippines, which has helped change the lives of many poor Filipino kids.

“I have always had a great love and passion for the Filipino people,” the outspoken Christian athlete said.

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With a “great love and passion” for the Filipino people, Tebow forwent gifts for his 32nd birthday. Instead, he asked well-wishers to donate to the Tebow CURE Hospital, with the aim of raising $150,000 to fund 150 life-changing surgeries for less fortunate children in the Philippines.

“These are kids that, without us being there, they wouldn’t be helped,” Tim Tebow, founder & chairman of the Tim Tebow Foundation, said.

“They wouldn’t be loved and they wouldn’t be cared for, but if there’s any way that I would like to celebrate it’s helping kids in their darkest hour of need,” Tebow, a Jacksonville native, said in a video. “Because that’s a true celebration!”

"I would love to celebrate 32 years of life by helping kids in their darkest hour of need. That is a true celebration!" – Tim TebowVisit Tim's fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/donate/604550876735724/“…For my 32nd birthday, my goal is to fund 150 life-changing surgeries for kids at the Tebow CURE Hospital, and we can make that happen by coming together to raise $150,000 – $1,000 per life-changing surgery. Let’s celebrate together and join as one team so we can change lives for the better!"

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According to CURE International website, the children they serve have conditions like “clubfoot, bowed legs, cleft lips, untreated burns, and hydrocephalus.”

“Without treatment, they will have little hope for a future. Many will die from their condition,” the website states.

To date, the 30-bed Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City has performed over 3,081 life-changing surgeries.

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One of the Tebow CURE Hospital beneficiaries was Aldrin.

Aldrin was born with congenital knee dislocation, causing his legs to bend the wrong way like a flamingo. Due to this abnormal condition, he experienced excruciating pain. He was not able to stand for long, had trouble walking long distances, and was made fun of by bullies at school, Fox 35 reported.

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Thankfully, through the Tebow CURE Hospital, Aldrin underwent a life-changing four-hour corrective surgery to straighten his legs in 2018. The operation was a success, and Dr. Tim Mead, one of the lead surgeons, wrote on cure.org that the boy would be “able to walk tall” following intensive rehab exercises.

“If I could be a superhero, I’d like to be Superman because he can fly!” said Aldrin.

🥳 HAPPY 32nd BIRTHDAY to our Founder & Chairman, Tim Tebow, from the children at the Tebow CURE Hospital Hospital and your TTF family! Thank you for your relentless pursuit to change this world through the message of Jesus, and Faith, Hope & Love!

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“Every day, lives are being forever changed at the Tebow CURE Hospital and I’m so thankful for that,” Tebow said.

If you are interested in donating to Tebow’s 32nd birthday fundraiser to help change the lives of needy Filipino kids, please visit his Facebook or the foundation page. According to the foundation, a donor has agreed to match any donations given.

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