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Family Member Featured in "The Blind Side" to Speak Oct. 17

Photo of Collins Tuohy

Millions of people flocked to theaters to see the motion picture, The Blind Side, the story of a family who made the simple, yet powerful decision to do the right thing for a young man by adopting him into their family.

Collins Tuohy, a member of the family upon which the movie is based, will speak on Thursday, Oct.17, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.

Tuohy takes the audience on her journey with Michael Oher from fellow student to close friend, confident and, ultimately, adopted brother.

Tuohy first met Oher in the stairwell at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis. Unable to pass him – Oher was 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 320 pounds – she backed up to the top of the stairs.

As Tuohy helped Oher adjust to both Briarcrest and his new family, she developed a close friendship with him. Later, they shared a common bond through their athletic pursuits – Tuohy won the Tennessee State Championship in the pole vault and Oher earned all-state honors in discus and basketball. She also accompanied him to the NFL draft headquarters in New York City, where he was a first-round pick for the Baltimore Ravens.

Tuohy earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Mississippi.

She serves on the board of Making it Happen, the Tuohy family foundation, which is dedicated to changing children’s lives through hope, love and opportunity.

She contributed to a book, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, written by her parents, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy with Sally Jenkins.

Tuohy is co-owner of the Whimsy Cookie Company in Memphis and also does motivational speaking.

Sponsored by the Weimer Lecture Series, the program is free and open to the public.

Posted 9/30/13

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