Race to raise money for kids of fallen soldiers

8 swimmers hope to raise $100,000 for Gold Star Teen Adventures

ISLAMORADA, Fla. - Eight relay swimmers, including active duty military, retired service members and a military spouse, are trying to swim 50 kilometers in a 24-hour time period as part of a Veterans Day fundraiser in the Florida Keys.

The Freedom Swim in Florida Bay, just off an Islamorada beach, began early Sunday afternoon and is intended to raise money for adventure camps for teenage children of fallen military personnel, as well as raise awareness for Gold Star Teen Adventures, the foundation behind the event.

Organizers hope to raise $100,000 for the cause.

Formed by Kent Solheim, a special operations veteran severely wounded in Iraq in 2007, GSTA provides healing, mentorship, character development and opportunities to children of special operations service members who lost their lives in the line of duty.

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