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Group honors girl's life by offering free swim lessons


Angels of America’s Fallen, a nonprofit, has announced a new initiative to give free swim lessons to the children of America’s fallen military and first responders in Colorado Springs.

"Lessons from Lylah” was started in honor of Lylah Gavulic, a two-year-old who drowned in her families pool in 2015. Her father, Air Force Master Sergeant Josh Gavulic, died in the line of duty 13 months earlier.

Before she died, Lylah was on a waiting list to receive financial support for an activity of her choice.

 “The loss of Lylah impacted all of us at Angels of America’s Fallen very deeply,” said Joe Lewis, Founder and CEO of AOAF. “Out of that emotion, we decided to develop a proactive national swim initiative that¬ also honors this adorable young girl.”

“Lylah was a vivacious and amazing young girl—and we are all deeply moved by this new program named in her honor,” said Alyssa Gavulic, Lylah’s mom. “I think she would be very pleased that a program bearing her name might help save children’s lives.”

AOAF is working with other organizations and swim facilities across the country to place these amazing children in swim classes within their own communities.

Families seeking swim lessons, as well as organizations and swim facilities wishing to donate should click HERE.

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