The Time Record News: Don't turn a blind eye to those in need

February 24th, 2012

The Time Record News
February 24, 2012
By John Ingle

About 97 percent of the movie “The Blind Side” is accurate, a family member said Wednesday at Midwestern State University’s Artist Lecture Series.

The 2009 movie is about the life of Michael Oher, who was born into poverty but adopted by a family and rose to become an outstanding college and pro football player. The movie was an Oscar nominee for Best Picture and earned Sandra Bullock an Oscar for Best Actress.

Collins Tuohy, the real-life daughter portrayed in the movie, said Michael Oher was a 100 percent blessing when he became part of their family almost a decade ago. As the movie depicts, Oher grew up in a dilapidated portion of Memphis, Tenn., with no real future in sight.

“If something happened to Michael, there was no one to contact,” Tuohy said. “No one cared.”

Her message to those in attendance at MSU’s Akin Auditorium wasn’t about Michael’s struggles, but the difference people can make in another’s life.

“There is something you can do for someone else,” she said, adding that so many people face daunting circumstances that seem too large to overcome. “Get up off your butt and do something for someone else.”

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