Real-life 'Blind Side' family honored

HOUSTON What started out as a young man in desperate need of a home has turned into an inspirational story encouraging others to adopt or become foster parents. One of the first things you notice is how much the 'real life' Tuohy family looks and acts like the 'movie' family. They are the real deal.

Michael Oher was on his way to nowhere and in the movie of his life, the audience sees his rage and despair. But in his appearance at a luncheon today in Houston, Oher and his adoptive mother and sister share their love for each other, a love that is being used to inspire others to foster and adopt children in need.

"Definitely, my family, I love them to death," Oher said. "Without them I wouldn't be where I am. So they showed me all kinds of love. They taught me so much that I've grown to be a better person because of them."

The movie is called "Blind Side" and chronicles Oher's journey from homeless teen to beloved member of the Tuohy family, who eventually adopted him. His adoptive mother, Leigh Anne Tuohy, is portrayed by actress Sandra Bullock.

"Many, many, many wonderful things have come from the 'Blind Side.' I have boxes of letters that people have done generous things for other people," Tuohy said. "Numerous people have adopted children. I have some letters that would bring tears to your eyes."

Tuohy, her daughter Collins and Oher were honored at a luncheon by the Arrow Child and Family Ministries. It's a center in Spring that has placed more than 2,300 kids a year over the past 10 years into adoptive and foster homes.

Oher now plays professional football as an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens.

"You look at Michael and he is the most talented lineman in the NFL," Tuohy said. "I dare anyone of you to question that."

The movie the "Blind Side" has been nominated for an Academy Award for best picture, as well as garnering a best actress nod for Sandra Bullock.

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