PEORIA - A local pastor is using tragedy to teach others.
On December 16th, former Richwoods High School student, Deveraux Hubbard II, suddenly passed away from a pulmonary embolism, a serious blood clot in his leg.
Now the Hubbard family is doing everything they can to make sure others don’t suffer from the same fate.
Pastor Deveraux Hubbard and his daughter Drew aren’t running from the past.
They are using it to teach others.
“Our son came home on a Friday. We figured he had the flu,” said Pastor Hubbard of St. Baptist Church.
His son Deveraux, known as “Two,” was home from college for winter break. After some of his flu-like symptoms worsened, his family decided to drive him to the hospital.
He tragically passed away on the car ride over.
“It was a shock,” said Pastor Hubbard.
What’s even more bizarre, “Two’s” family says he was a healthy, young man.
“Really enthusiastic about everything. He always had a smile on his face. That's one thing he was actually known for among his sports teams, among his friends,” said his sister Drew.
Leaving a lot of questions in the sudden end of such a young, promising life.
“We were puzzled, Uh, frustrated. Angry obviously.”
Doctors say Deveraux was probably plagued with Factor Five Leiden, a genetic disease.
“Which increases the risk of having a blood clot by about five to seven fold,” said Dir. Michael Tarantino of the Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Institute in Peoria.
That’s why Pastor Hubbard and his family are raising awareness through a Run, Walk and Trot at their son’s old stomping grounds.
They want others to know about the genetic disorder and the signs of a serious clot.
“It usually starts in the leg; occasionally in the arm but usually the leg. Swelling, pain redness happens first. Usually that the first sign of the clot,” said Dr. Tarantino.
Pastor Hubbard also hopes when others hear about his son, they’ll get tested to see if they carry the clot gene.
“We can't do anything about our son. But hopefully we can help some other family.”
The walk raised $7,000 for Factor Five Leiden research.
Each member of the Hubbard family has been tested for Factor Five Leiden. Pastor Hubbard and his youngest son both carry the gene.
Dr. Tarantino says one in 50 people carry the gene for the disease, but very few of them actually experience a clot.
Taking the proper medication, blood thinner and exercise can greatly limit the impact of the condition.
Drew does not carry the Factor Five Leiden gene.
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