Sat., 9:17 pm: Record crowd at men’s rally

YOUNGSTOWN — Organizers of the fifth annual Men’s Rally in the Valley attracted an estimated 4,000 men by noon at the Covelli Center Saturday to hear a full slate of inspirational speakers and Christian music.

The religious show, which has grown larger each year, was highlighted by a special message by Phil Robertson, head of the family and founder of Duck Commander Co., the setting for the popular A&E television series.

Julie Johnson and her 13-year-old son Hayden and two of his friends got a special visit with Robertson and some of his family members before he hit the stage.

“My son was six months old when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The Men of Faith prayed for him and he turned 13 (years old) last week,” Johnson said.

She said the Robertson family took time to pray with the boy backstage, leaving him starstruck but still humble in his faith in God.

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