MPW.69 / 2017 The Superhero on Mill Street by Amr Alfiky
Photographer
Amr Alfiky Queens, N.Y.
Team Gilka

Story Summary

Mark Runyan lives by the Bible. “It helped me get over what I’ve been through. And instead of the desire to revenge, it showed me forgiveness and love.”

After a failed marriage, 50-year-old Mark Runyan decided to move back to Eldon, Missouri, to rebuild his life. The award-winning powerlifter, and published comic artist, currently works as a custodian at the First Baptist Church in Eldon. After almost 15 years of his divorce, Mark met Mary, a 47-year old kind warm-hearted woman, and fell in love with her. They got married and together they take care of Mark’s 20-year-old son, Lucas, who has Down syndrome, while navigating faith, love and survival.