Published by Hope Kim Pranza


A Smile can be the Best Medicine

by on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 7:59 am

“Problems are everywhere. I have my own, but you can choose to walk around without carrying a frown,” Melba shares with a smile. Melba is a pharmacist at the Tebow CURE Hospital. With her office at the entrance to the hospital, she sees people coming and going from the hospital every day. Melba has been […]

God Makes the Difference in Extraordinary Circumstances

by on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 8:54 am

Let me state the obvious: we have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For us here in Davao City, Philippines, our ability to move out and about has been limited. The usually long queues in public places have become even longer. Access to public transportation has been much more challenging, especially to my co-workers […]

Growing Faith in the Waiting

by on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 9:16 am

“My favorite story in the Bible is the story of David. I think that David is strong, and I admire his faith in God, especially when he faced a giant,” shares Carmel. Young as she is, Carmel faces many giants in life. She lives in a mountainous area, in a Teduray indigenous community, far from […]

Nurse Delia: Following God’s leading

by on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 8:35 am

Hospitable, caring, hardworking, and always smiling, these are character traits that are embedded in the Filipino culture and define why nursing is a perfect fit for many Filipinos, especially those working overseas. According to the Philippine News Agency, roughly 10 to 12 million Filipino nurses and caregivers are working in more than 50 countries abroad. […]

Nurse Miay and Althea’s Special Bond

by on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 11:52 am

“Sociable, stress-reliever, and strong-willed,” these are words that Althea’s mom, Rean, uses to describe her daughter. We agree with Althea’s mom! We often hear Althea singing, talking, and bringing joy to everyone that passes by. Some of that shared joy comes from a special bond that Althea has with her CURE nurse, Miay. Althea was […]

Trusting God Amidst Lockdown: CURE Philippines

by on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 9:19 am

“Healing changes everything” is a statement that I’ve lived by for the past eight years that I’ve been involved with CURE. However, since the impact of COVID-19, I’ve found myself wondering what that statement means when our hospital decides to cancel elective cases and limit the number of patients we see at clinics. Every Monday […]

Crowning Kings and Queens at CURE Philippines: A Night to Shine

by on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 9:23 am

Bright lights, sparkling stage, fog machines, bubbles floating in the air, red carpet. It might sound like a fairy-tale reserved for royalty, but this was made a reality for children with disabilities in the Philippines this February. Through our partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, CURE Philippines hosted the annual “Night to Shine” in Davao […]

Standing Tall – Adoy’s Story

by on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 8:12 am

John Arnold, also known as “Adoy” to his dear family and friends, is full of character! He is jolly and friendly and very polite to everyone. But, even though he’s the kind of kid that you’d want to hang out with all day, he is still bullied due to his disability. He was born without […]

“Ugly” wasn’t her true identity

by on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 2:28 pm

“I’m sorry if my daughter hides her face from the camera. She often gets called ‘ugly,’” Christyn’s mother, Arlyn, shared. On November 5th, 2018, empty chairs filled the ground-floor lobby at Tebow CURE Hospital, waiting for our usual mix of orthopedic clinic patients along with cleft lip and palate patients attending our cleft clinic. We […]

Kneeling no more

by on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 12:26 pm

JV Boy couldn’t stand. He walked on his knees through elementary and high school. For 14 years, JV Boy’s knees took him everywhere, even on motorcycle rides. “I packed lunch for him so he didn’t have to leave school in the middle of the day. It takes so much effort for him to go to […]

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