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Non-profit offers free swim lessons to children of America's fallen military

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A local non-profit that supports our fallen heroes is working to give free swim lessons to kids whose parents paid the ultimate sacrifice and they're already seeing great results.

"Lessons from Lylah" provides free and life saving swim lessons to children of America's fallen military and first responders. 

Started by the non-profit "Angels of America's Fallen", the program was started in honor of one very special little girl Lylah, whose father was an Air Force Master Sergeant and died in the line of duty. Tragically, just 13 months later while Lylah was on the waiting list for swimming lessons she drowned in her families swimming pool. Now the organization wants to make sure every kid has the opportunity to take swimming lessons right away. 

"When we called to tell them they could be moved off the waiting list and into activities the mom told us I only have five kids now and Lylah had drowned," said CEO of Angels of America's Fallen Joe Lewis. "It really hit us like a ton of bricks." 

The Serrano family is just one family in Colorado Springs who has benefited from the program. The boys father tragically drowned in 2012. The drowning made swimming a priority in the boys life. 

"They feel more comfortable in the water, they get more responsible and they get more challenged too every time they lean new skills," said Jocelyn Serrano whose three sons are all a part of the program. 

"They get a lot of like skills," said Kailee Monks a swim instructor at Donna's Dolphins who works with the boys. "They get a lot of perseverance out of it to push themselves when they're tired or they're wearing out."

They need your help to make this happen. If you want to find out how you make a difference visit https://aoafallen.org.

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