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Retreat - At a doctor appointment following the 2014 Vernon County Dairy Breakfast at their farm, Gina Nickelotti was diagnosed with cancer.  After treatments and numerous doctor appointments, she was in remission.  At a December 2016 appointment, Gina learned her cancer had spread. 
Vernon County invites you to a benefit on Saturday, March 18 from 3:00–? at the Retreat Sportsmen’s Club, in Retreat, to help support Gina and her family. In addition to parking at the Retreat Sportsmen’s Club, there will be parking available at the Sterling Town Shop and Prairie View School parking lots.  Van transportation will be provided to the Sportsmen’s Club. 
The March 18 benefit will include a bake sale, wine raffle, Gina’s cookbook sale, jewelry sale, silent auction, Chinese auction (6-7 p.m.),  live auction (7 p.m.-?), along with other ways to support the family. Food will be served from 3-7 p.m. with a good will offering. 
“The support has been amazing,” says Alexis Nickelotti, one of Gina’s daughters. “I have always known that I have great parents and it makes me happy to see others feel the same way. We have felt so much love. It’s been so nice for all of us to witness everyone’s outpouring of support for our family. It’s so appreciated.”
A positive attitude has made all the difference for the Nickelotti family. “Mom and the rest of the family have had so much positivity going into the fight,” says Alexis. “I think her advice and mine would be to stay positive for everyone involved.  We have done so by talking about what’s going on, sharing stories, experiences and looking through pictures.” 
Gina and her husband Steve have been married for 27 years and have five children and two grandchildren: Alexis (26), Erica 25 (Tyler Theobald), Margaret (23), Trisha (18) and Paul (15). Erica and Tyler have two children Mia (4) and Easton (18m.) and are expecting their third child in June.

Nickelotti Family Farms has been home for the Nickelotti’s and Steve and Gina are thankful for the opportunity to raise their children on a farm. Gina had been working off the farm as a Medical Assistant at Gundersen’s Viroqua Clinic. Their children have been active in De Soto and Viroqua Area Schools, the Mississippi Streamers 4-H Club, FFA, showing swine at the Vernon County Fair and as Fairest of the Fair ambassadors at both the county and state levels.  In addition, Steve was an 11-year wrestling coach at De Soto High School.
For more information on the Benefit, visit us on Facebook: Gina Nickelotti Benefit. For ways to help support the Benefit, please contact 608-606-0365.

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