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Thank you, Gregory Hublar, for A Miracle Named Mark! At Mark’s birth in 1964, the doctor said to his parents, “Your son has Mongolism. He will never walk, he will never talk. He will never show any emotion. And he will ruin your family!" At that time, many Down Syndrome children were put away in institutions. Al and Mary Hublar chose instead to trust their God to lead and provide for them. They had no idea how they would do so, but they knew that God would lead them. They intended tto raise their children in faith-based confidence rather than debilitating fear. This reminds me of Richard Branson’s advice. "If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!"
Raising Mark was the Hublar family's amazing opportunity. Al and Linda raised Mark and his 3 brothers in a loving home, where the same responsibilities and accountability were expected of each one. This created an expectation in him that he could do everything his brothers did. This amazing story is evidence of sibling coaching, both of being the younger and the older, resulting in strong bonds. Mark being the second born of four sons, learned to play sports and excel, to set goals and achieve. He expected, like his brothers, to go to college, earn a living wage, and live independently - all of which he did, just as his brothers did.
You will do well to read A Miracle Named Mark. It's a 5-star read. Unpretentiously, Greg Hublar’s account of the miracle of Mark is relatable and uplifting. This story challenges what is 'normal' and what is 'possible'. What do we perceive to be a handicap? What limitations have we placed on ourselves, and others? Many insights will equip you to reconsider your views and make different choices. Thank you, Greg, for sharing this significant chapter of the Hublar family’s life journey. You have given your readers insight into a unique story of courage and determination.