Blood drive to honor crash victims

The 2nd annual blood drive to honor Andrew Perkins and Michael Hubbard, Jr.

Dec. 13th marks the one year anniversary of a horrific car crash that claimed the life of a Grambling student. His best friend died three days later, but his pregnant girlfriend survived. Through their pain, the three families still find a way to save someone else's life. 


Mallorie Hubbard is a miracle child. The five month old was in Jarde Miller's stomach when they both were involved in a horrific car crash on I-20. Mallorie's father, Michael Hubbard Jr., was the driver. He didn't survive.


“This year has been the hardest year ever,” said Jarde Miller. “It’s a bunch of mixed emotions in it, being that my child has brought so much happiness.”


The couple and their best friend Andrew Perkins were headed to Michael's graduation at Grambling, where he was to receive his nursing degree.  Andrews Perkins died in the hospital three days later.


“They were great men, not only here in Shreveport, but throughout the South from Houston, Texas to Pine Bluff, Arkansas and all cities in between,” said Miller. “They were very good role models and very good young men.”


The families hosted a blood drive days later, to make up for all of the blood Andrew and Jarde used in the hospital. It was so successful, the families are hosting one again.


“It was a blessing that they had blood to give me. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t be there today,” said Miller.


They've learned through Mallorie, in darkness, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

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