Maegan Kasteler | Jan 22, 2020

3 Facts about Leigh Anne Tuohy

The whole team at RootsTech is so excited to announce our next guest for RootsTech 2020: Leigh Anne Tuohy!

The Tuohy family gained recognition when their story was featured in the New York Times number-one best seller The Blind Side, written by Michael Lewis, which was later adapted into a blockbuster movie of the same name, which won an Academy Award. Here are three more interesting facts about Tuohy.

She Was a Designer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Tuohy graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of science degree in interior design, and she put that degree to good use when she was added as a designer to the hit series during their eighth season (from 2010 to 2011). The show ran in the United States from 2003 until 2012 and will be returning in 2020. She has also designed for such clients as Peyton Manning, Scottie Pippen, Isaac Bruce, and O. J. Mayo.

She Coauthored a New York Times Best Seller

Along with her husband, Sean, Tuohy wrote the book In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving.

The book, released in 2010, gives the never-before-heard account from the Tuohys of their experience with adopting Michael Oher and their family.

She Founded the Making It Happen Foundation

In conjunction with the release of their book, the Tuohys founded their charitable foundation, the Making It Happen Foundation. On the foundation website, it says: “That is the story of our Family. How quickly we went from a four person family to a five person family and the impact it had on ALL of our lives, yet that was never our goal. We simply saw someone with needs. Michael was about to fall through the cracks and society deemed him valueless. I am here to tell you that NO ONE is valueless.”

The foundation works and collaborates with other nonprofit organizations to help open doors and promote awareness for all children lost in the invisible cracks of society.

We cannot wait to hear from Leigh Anne Tuohy at the 10th anniversary of RootsTech, February 26–29, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Haven't registered yet? Register today! And don't forget to follow us on social media for other speaker announcements. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Maegan Kasteler

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