Angels of America’s Fallen Launches New Potentially Life-Saving Children’s Swim Initiative

Published On: July 24, 2017Categories: NewsBy

“Lessons from Lylah” to Fund Swim Lessons for Children of America’s Fallen Heroes

Angels of America’s Fallen (Angels) is proud to announce the launch of “Lessons from Lylah,” an impactful initiative that facilitates free and potentially life-saving swim lessons for the children of America’s Fallen military and first responders. “Lessons from Lylah” is named in honor of Lylah Gavulic, a precious two-year-old drowning victim and daughter of fallen Air Force Master Sergeant Josh Gavulic. Heartbreakingly, Lylah’s drowning in her family pool in 2015 occurred just 13 months after her Special Operations father died in the line of duty during a training accident.

Prior to her death, Lylah was on Angel’s waiting list to receive direct financial support for a healthy and developmental 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 Angels. “Out of that emotion, we decided to develop a proactive national swim initiative that­ honored this adorable young girl.”

“Lylah was a vivacious and amazing young girl—and we are all deeply moved by this 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.”

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