News Quest Online: Collins Tuohy, Sister of NFL Tackle Michael Oher, Is Spreading Her Message

March 5th, 2011

News Quest Online
Saturday, March 5th, 2011 | Posted by KC Sendric
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Collins Tuohy, a young Tennessee woman who has gained a measure of fame through a recent movie box office success, has embarked on a nationwide speaking mission to promote issues such as foster care, adoption and literacy.

Tuohy may not be a household name but her family’s story, told in the movie “The Blind Side,” has entered many homes. The movie traces the events that began when her parents, wealthy and white, observed the plight of a teenage boy, homeless and black.

The young boy is now known to sports fans as Michael Oher, a National Football League first-round pick out of the University of Mississippi. He currently puts on the helmet of the Baltimore Ravens.

Tuohy is traveling the country under the auspices of her family’s Making It Happen Foundation and carrying her message of “the power of one.” The foundation’s mission statement calls for improving the standard of living and quality of life for children “fighting to survive in the invisible cracks in our society.”

In addition to visiting college campuses, she appears at conferences conducted by various groups and business conventions.

During her appearances, Tuohy offers many family insights. She describes her parents as “cheerful givers.” Michael Oher, her adoptive brother, does not preach to others, she says, adding that he would rather set an example for others by his personal conduct.

“One person can’t necessarily change the world, but you can definitely change the world for one person,” Tuohy says.

Tuohy’s upcoming speaking schedule includes an appearance at a fundraising dinner to support public schools in Kearney, Neb.