After the Blind Side
Only three years after The Blind Side burst onto the scene, breaking box office records and inspiring individuals nationwide, Sean and Leigh Anne continue to make an impact. In July 2010, they released the New York Times best-seller, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, and established their charity, The Making it Happen Foundation which promotes awareness, provides hope and improves standards of living for all the children fighting to survive in the invisible cracks in society. A fun element of their charity is the weekly Tuohy Trivia which offers a lucky winner a $25 gift to the charity of his or her choice. Through both projects, the Tuohy family continues their mission to inspire hope, ignite generosity, and make it happen for the deserving, but underserved youth.
The Tuohy family’s inspirational story has been covered all over the national media includingGood Morning America, The Today Show, 20/20, and Huckabee to name a few. They are also working on a new book and potential televisions shows. They are actively involved in many civic and faith-based organizations, including Grace Evangelical Church, of which they are founding members.
At the podium, they invite audiences to go behind-the-scenes of the Tuohy household with a heartwarming message:
“In our house, we believe in miracles.”
Dubbed a “warrior princess” by Michael Lewis in his best-selling book The Blind Side, Leigh Anne is the inspirational matriarch of the Tuohy family.
Entrepreneur & NBA Broadcaster – Sean was an American success story: he had come from nothing and made himself rich,” wrote Michael Lewis in The Blind Side.
Collins shares a famously close bond with her adopted brother Michael Oher. It began when she first met Michael in the hallways of Briarcrest.
My name is Sean Tuohy Jr, which everyone assumes stands for “Sean Jr” when in actuality at a young age I started calling myself “SJ” to be like Michael Jordan (MJ).
The adopted son of Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, Michael spent most of his childhood in various foster homes and moved in with the Tuohys when he was 16.
When someone comes into your life, like a Michael Oher, trust me , when I tell you that you (the giver) will benefit much more than the receiver ever will. We truly learned about being a real family when Michael came into our lives. We were fooling ourselves before. One simple random act of kindness opened our eyes to the true meaning of what a family was all about.Leigh Anne Tuohy