November 28, 2012 (Jacksonville, FL) - The Tim Tebow Foundation hosts DOLLAR DAY today to raise the $1.2 million needed to equip the Tebow CURE Hospital for children in the Philippines. The campaign leverages the millions of social media fans shared by Tim Tebow and his foundation, asking each of them to donate $1 toward the cause to make the goal easily attainable.
Construction on the hospital began in February of this year and is well underway thanks in part to donations made during the first annual DOLLAR DAY campaign last November. Funds raised through this year's DOLLAR DAY campaign will provide the medical equipment and supplies needed to complete the hospital, which is expected to open in early 2014.
This 5-story, 30-bed orthopedic surgery facility in Davao City, built in partnership with CURE International, will serve the underprivileged population of the Philippines. The hospital will focus on pediatric orthopedic surgical care treating congenital limb abnormalities, post-trauma fracture and burn repair, clubfoot correction and bone infection treatment. The Tebow CURE Hospital will also be home to the first international Timmy's Playroom, projected to be the largest of its kind.
The Tim Tebow Foundation is also matching all DOLLAR DAY donations made through the Foundation during this campaign to support Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.
"We are grateful for the interest and support we have received on this project. The DOLLAR DAY campaign is an opportunity for our fans to be able to partner with us in changing the lives of deserving children," said Erik Dellenback, Executive Director of the Tim Tebow Foundation. "We are also honored to be in a position to support domestic needs as well, through our matching donation to Sandy relief."
Donations to the Tebow CURE Hospital can be made through timtebowfoundation.org or on the Tim Tebow Foundation Facebook page, facebook.com/TimTebowFoundation. As with all public donations to the foundation, 100% of the proceeds from DOLLAR DAY will go directly to the Tebow CURE Hospital.
The Tim Tebow Foundation's mission is to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. This mission is fulfilled every day through five main initiatives: fulfilling the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses through the W15H program, building the Tebow CURE Hospital in the Philippines, building Timmy's Playrooms in children's hospitals around the world, supporting more than 650 orphans worldwide and encouraging service to others through Team Tebow. For more information on the Tim Tebow Foundation, please visit timtebowfoundation.org.
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CURE International heals the sick and proclaims the Kingdom of God. It is the largest provider of reconstructive surgery to disabled children in the emerging world. Since opening the doors of its first surgical teaching hospital in Kijabe, Kenya in 1998, CURE's focus on bringing healing to developing nations has resulted in more than 1.9 million patient visits and over 138,000 surgeries to correct physically disabling conditions. CURE has also trained more than 6,100 medical professionals raising the standard of care in the countries where it operates.
The Foundation utilizes the public platform that God has blessed Tim Tebow with to inspire and make a difference in peoples lives throughout the world.
More than 100 million physically disabled children in the developing world can be cured through surgery. These children have conditions like clubfoot, bowed legs, cleft lips, untreated burns, and hydrocephalus. Without care, they won't go to school, will have little hope for a future, and many will die from their condition.
CURE's mission is to bring 100% physical and spiritual healing to these children. CURE is a non-profit organization that operates hospitals and programs in 20 countries around the world where patients experience the life-changing message of God's love for them, receiving surgical treatment regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, or ability to pay.
Since CURE's first hospital opened in Kenya in 1998, we have seen over 1.6 million patients and provided over 138,000 life-changing surgeries.