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Shannon Gilkerson (right) said her daughter Avery (center) helps her and her husband Tommy (left) deal with the pain of losing two children.

Benefit to support family after loss

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Shannon Gilkerson said her 2-year-old daughter Avery is a "rainbow baby," the blessing who helps Gilkerson and her husband Tommy get through the pain of losing two infant children.


"If we didn't have Avery, I don't know how we would get through," Shannon Gilkerson said.

Avery, the Gilkersons' oldest child, was born in 2010. Shannon Gilkerson said her pregnancy with Avery went normally, but when she became pregnant again in 2011, things didn't go so well.

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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