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Photos by Gretta Stark The Whitlock family sits in their living room. Pictured (from left) are Jacob (2) and Bryce, with one of the family's guinea pigs, Kaleb (7) holds a "Power Rangers" toy, Beckah and Joshua (6) hold the other of the family's two guinea pigs. Beckah Whitlock said the guinea pigs are a part of her autistic sons' therapy.

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At one point, Beckah Whitlock said she didn't think she'd get to hear her son Kaleb speak, let alone say "I love you, Mom." Kaleb received a standard immunization when he was 1 year old. The immunization triggered a predisposition Kaleb had towards autism, Beckah said, and a week later, Beckah Whitlock said Kaleb started showing signs of the disorder.


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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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