Meet Tommy Connolly. He’s just your average ordinary 23 year old college student who was spending his days training to become a champion sprinter when he got a message on Facebook that changed his life.
It was from his 17-year-old cousin who he hadn’t seen in a decade. It turned out she was 32-weeks pregnant, homeless, shoeless and had only a backpack full of clothes. Her baby was going to be taken from her when he was born and the father was in prison.
So Tommy took her in and wound up adopting her, and in doing so, became her son Kaydan’s grandfather, as well as his first cousin once removed.
It’s a truly amazing story, which you can read in full HERE.
In one Facebook message, Tommy’s whole life was forever changed. Now, he’s supporting a daughter and a grandson, and still working hard to earn his degree.
His story is so moving, it’s taking the internet by storm. People are so touched by Tommy’s tale that in just 18 days, they’ve raised over $40,000 to help support him.
I love this quote from Tommy, who says:
“When bad things happen, it’s your family that supports you.. It means no one gets left behind or forgotten. I’ve had my family pull my head out of the gutter before… It was time to pay it forward. Family comes first.”
Even with his many new responsibilities, Tommy is still sprinting and he does real estate too.
It’s just another fantastic example of what happens when you step out of your comfort zone and “love your neighbor as yourself” just like the story of The Good Samaritan.
Thank you Tommy. You inspire us all! The question for us is, would we do the same? I’ll bet if you asked Tommy if he’d do it again, he’d give you a resounding “YES”.