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Inspirational mother behind 'The Blindside' coming to Lubbock

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The inspirational matriarch that inspired the blockbuster hit "The Blindside," will be making an appearance in Lubbock soon.

Leigh Anne Tuohy became a popular name after Sandra Bullock won an Academy Award for portraying her in the inspirational film, which is also a New York Times bestseller.
For those of you who are not familiar with the story,Tuohy and her family adopted a teenager, Michael Ohr. He went from homelessness to having a forever family and is now a Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens.

Tuohy now travels around the country speaking to audiences about how they can help under served youth.

"We have a very flawed foster care system in this country and it's unfortunate and it needs to be over hauled and I wish I had the ability to do that," Tuohy said in a phone interview.

Knowing the impact Tuohy has had on millions, a local nonprofit called Sondra's Song asked if Tuohy would come to Lubbock to help raise awareness and money for their mission.

Sondra's Song is dedicated to helping teens who were never adopted and are now aging out of foster care and transitioning into independent living. The founder and director of Sondra's Song said that can mean anything from helping with a flat tire to just being there for them when they want to share exciting news.

"As a mom, that's where my heart just like aches thinking these kids don't have anybody and so, I want to be that person and I want to get people on board to be that person," Turner said.

The organization is trying to raise enough money to buy a home off of Broadway to serve as a place where teens that are phasing out of the system can live temporarily while looking for a job and a place of their own.

"It's walking distance from a bus, walking distance to find a place to work at, churches all around there, there's Texas Tech University down the street, and so finding that house eliminates a lot of obstacles they face," Turner said.

"This organization is making a difference and what they are doing, the need is so great. They recognize that we have got to do something because these kids are falling through the cracks," Tuohy said.

Tuohy said speaking on behalf of Sondra's Song was an easy decision because the need is there.

"They have no security, they have no structured help of anything at all, and we expect them to make it. And then we scratch our heads and are confused you know, and they'll go, 'Oh my gosh, that child turned to drugs' or 'Oh my goodness, that little girl turned to prostitution.' Well, what do you think they are going to do? They don't have a means of survival and so they are doing what they can to get by," Tuohy said in a phone interview.

Sondra's Song's Founder and Director, Sandi Turner, said the money raised will go toward purchasing the home, which she said is listed at $170,000. 

The event will be on April 26 at 8 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. General admission is $25. If you would like to attend a VIP dinner with Tuohy, the cost is $100. 

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