The success of the Academy Award winning motion picture "The Blind Side," put the real life family on which the movie is based into the national spotlight.
Now Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy have written a book about their experiences titled, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving.
The Tuohy family helped a teenager get off the streets and welcomed him into their family. The teen, Michael Oher, had been left to fend for himself by his drug-addicted mother.
Leigh Anne recalled that she could see Michael needed somebody. It broke her heart, so they made him one of their own.
The Tuohys recognized the potential that Oher had for football and helped him become successful not only on the field, but in the classroom.
Oher graduated high school and played for four years at Ole Miss before being drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens.
In their new book, the Tuohys said that if there is one thing that they would like you to take from their story, it's that any one person you walk past could be the one to change your life. So every once in awhile, you need to stop and turn around.
*Originally published July 9, 2010.