Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy release In a Heartbeat to share their story

Yesterday, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy of the award winning movie The Blind Side and 2009 National Angel in Adoption, released their book In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving. In the book they directs reader to visit the Making It Happen Tuohy Family Foundation website, which lists CCAI as a charitable organization to support.  Read the below synopsis of the Tuohy’s book from Barnesandnoble.com:

For the first time, the remarkable couple depicted in The Blind Side tells their own deeply inspiring story.  First came the bestselling book, then the Oscar-nominated movie—the story of Michael Oher and the family who adopted him has become one of the most talked-about true stories of our time. But until now, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy have never told this astonishing tale in their own way and with their own words.

For Leigh Anne and Sean, it all begins with family. Leigh Anne, the daughter of a tough-as-nails U.S. Marshal, decided early on that her mission was to raise children who would become “cheerful givers.” Sean, who grew up poor, believed that one day he could provide a home that would be “a place of miracles.” Together, they raised two remarkable children—Collins and Sean Jr.—who shared their deep Christian faith and their commitment to making a difference. And then one day Leigh Anne met a homeless African-American boy named Michael and decided that her family could be his. She and her husband taught Michael what this book teaches all of us: Everyone has a blind side, but a loving heart always sees a path toward true charity.

Michael Oher’s improbable transformation could never have happened if Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy had not opened their hearts to him. In this compelling, funny, and profoundly inspiring book, the Tuohys take us on an extraordinary journey of faith and love—and teach us unforgettable lessons about the power of giving.

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The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family.

4 thoughts on “Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy release In a Heartbeat to share their story

  1. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Tuohy:

    We don’t know who to approach regarding an adoption. We have a young man (35 years old) whom we have known ever since he was 4 years old. Our son and him call each other brothers. His parents died a few years back and he has no relatives. He lives in France and comes often to visit us. The idea of adopting him has been on our minds and recently he asked me if we could adopt him. Although we have always been there for him, I think he is ready to become part of our family and so are we. We love him very much and we know he loves us as well.
    My e-mail address is: aureairene@hotmail.com. I would be very grateful if you could answer us and advice us who to contact to proceed.
    Thank you in advance for your help.
    Aurea-Irene Singh

  2. Dear Mrs Tuohy:
    I am still in school and we have to do a report on Inspirational Women. I would like to chosen you but I have got information about you because when I look you up all it comes up with is about the movie. If you could please tell me where to find info on you or provide some that you be wonderful!


  3. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Tuohy:

    I could use some advice regarding a 5 year old boy. His parents are incarcerated and lives with a guardian. They live in a one bedroom apartment, a total of 3 adults and 7 children. This child comes to school with dirty clothes, shoes that don’t fit and emotionaly and physically hungry. He has been seen taking the left over food from the other classmates after lunch and taking it home. He cries when he has to leave school. My son Jon, brought this situation to our attention. Jon is in college and visits the school on Fridays to play with the kids during recess. This little boy has taken to my son, we have tried to reach out to his guardian with no response. We know we can make a difference in this boys life however we don’t know how to go about it! Please HELP…..Alpharetta Georgia!

    1. Susan,

      If you suspect this boy is being physically or emotionally abused or neglected, please call your local department of social services to report this. Social services may have resources and services available to this boy or the family that would be of assistance and ensure safety and well-being. I think your son Jon is in an excellent position to develop a caring relationship with the boy and serve as a positive role model in his life. Jon should definitely talk to the teacher and administration at the school about this situation as well.

      Please feel free to contact info@ccainstitute.org to further discuss the situation. Thank you for noticing and showing in interest in protecting this boy.

      Thanks for reaching out,


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