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IN OMG! ON 19 Apr, 2016
Tommy Connoly was just a normal university student until he was reunited with his long lost cousin.
Once he was aware of the situation she was in and the hardships she was facing, he decided to take up the mantle of being the father figure she never had.
Tommy hadn't seen his cousin Lisa (name changed) since 10 years. She is 17 right now and has endured a very traumatic life experience as a homeless teen suffering from the effects of drug abuse and violence. She was also 32 weeks pregnant.
Lisa's boyfriend and the father of her child is imprisoned. The Department of Child Safety were prepared to take her child into foster care as soon as she would give birth. But Tommy decided to step in and help his cousin through this tumultuous time.
Tommy was not a perfect kid by any means either. Like every other regular student he was ensnared in his own problems and academia. With only 3000 dollars in his bank account when he took Lisa in but he had to spend that money to buy a new rental home just to satisfy the regulations of the Department of Child Safety. He adopted Lisa even though she was just five years younger than him.
Lisa' life was riddled with numerous difficulties and hardships. Not having parents to look out for her was one of her many issues. She became addicted to crystal meth at the tender age of 11 and was homeless till 13. She managed to get off drugs by 15 but was pregnant by 16.
Tommy was the only ray of sunshine in her life. Within weeks of adopting her into his care, Tommy also became a proud grandfather to Lisa' son, Kaydan.
After suffering through so much, Lisa' life had finally reached an equilibrium. She has Tommy to thank for that. He is assisting her in getting her life back on track. She has joined a school to complete her education and is also working on getting her drivers license.
Lisa spoke to the Sunshine Coast Daily and had all good things to say about Tommy. She recounts how Tommy has helped her with her literacy and also is aiding her in simple things to improve her written skills. She says that whenever she texted him messages with errors, he would subtly point them out and correct her.
Lisa also shared her career aspirations. She says that she sees herself in the shoes of an accomplished chef in the foreseeable future but for now would want to focus on taking care of her child.
For now, Tommy does not mind spending his time in aiding his cousin Lisa. He wholeheartedly expresses gratitude to all the people who have supported him and showered him with positive messages.