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Blind Side couple signs books in the Capital City

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – The Memphis couple portrayed in the 2009 blockbuster movie The Blind Side was in the Capital City Wednesday.

Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy were signing books for fans who learned more about their message of sharing hope and opportunity.

The line stretched beyond Lemuria's doors in anticipation of meeting the couple.

The new book In A Heartbeat:  Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, ghost-written by Sally Jenkins, follows the number one best seller The Blind Side.

It told the story of Michael Oher, a homeless African American the Tuohy's adopted.

Oher played for Ole Miss and is now offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens.

In a Heartbeat goes beyond The Blind Side story and encourages readers to step out of their comfort zones.

"Get involved.  We want you to read the book, and hopefully it will be a little bit of a road map to get you involved, your kids involved and make a difference," said Leigh Anne Tuohy.

"You don't have to have a movie made after your family to do something, and that's all we're telling people," said Sean Tuohy.  "It all started with my wife telling me two words that was to 'turn around,' and anybody can do that.  That's really the theme and the heart of the book."

The Ole Miss grads took the time to personalize messages and even posed for pictures.

It was a thrill for fans like Erin Williams of Belzoni who got the first signed copy and pictures with the Tuohys.

"I've always loved Ole Miss football.  I'm a huge Ole Miss fan, and I've always loved Michael Oher, and I saw the movie fell in love with it, and I just love this family," said Williams.

Gene Phillips of Jackson was among the more than 100 people who waited in line for a chance at a brief chat with the couple.

"More impressed than ever.  They are down to earth good rebel folks.  They are the best example I can think of doing good for Mississippi in bad times," said Phillips.

For the Tuohys, In a Heartbeat could change lives for generations to come.

"We want people to stop, turn around and do something they didn't do yesterday and get involved.  Talk to the guy pumping gas next to you.  Talk to the guy when you're in line at the movie theater.  Do you know your garbage man's name?  I do.  I talk to mine every week," added Leigh Anne.

In a Heartbeat was released July 13th.

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