December 29, 2011
By DAN FELDNER
Two simple words changed the lives of Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy forever, and they came to Minot Wednesday with the message that anyone can make the world a better place, one good deed at a time.
The Tuohys famously took a young African-American teenager, Michael Oher, into their Memphis home and eventually adopted him. Oher went on to be drafted by the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League and now makes millions as an offensive lineman.
While the story, which was turned into the movie “The Blind Side,” is incredible, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy said even better stories are happening all over the country, even in Minot.
The Tuohys were in town to talk about the message of giving to others detailed in their book, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving.They came to Minot, in the middle of winter and at their own expense, because they wanted to do their small part to help the city recover from the devastating Souris River flood as well as send the message that everyone is capable of making a difference in the lives of others.
The couple held a book signing in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University and later spoke to a capacity audience to help raise money for the Minot Area Homeless Coalition, Domestic Violence Crisis Center and YWCA day-care program. The speech was free to attend, but freewill donations were accepted. There was also a silent auction, which included a signed jersey of Michael Oher.