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24-hour swim going strong as lieutenant raises money for children's cause

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A marathon swim is underway, and it's all to give back to a charity that works with children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

Lt. Shannon Scaff is doing laps for a cause and four fellow Coast Guardsmen who lost their lives in a helicopter crash during a routine training flight three years ago on February 28.

"It's always bitter sweet," says Teresa Taylor, whose husband, Dale, was killed in the crash. "Primarily, though, we feel good and happy and proud to be here and just know something positive is coming out of something tragic."

The cause is Operation 300, a non-profit organization that hosts adventure camps for children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

"My boys have went for two summers in a row, and it's just a time for them to connect and know they're not the only ones that have lost a parent serving our country," says Taylor.

Charleston's swim team, the Southern Marlins Racing Team or SMRT, says it wanted to be part of the event and offered up the Olympic-sized MLK pool.

"He started training in September and made a commitment to do this event and challenge, and he has trained numerous hours, countless hours," explains Elizabeth Ransford of SMRT.

Taylor says this event carries on his legacy for her and her sons.

"They don't understand necessarily why it happened but then again when they come to this event and they see all these brothers who Dale worked with, and then they see Shannon doing the swim, they get it. They do understand what sacrifice, what it is."

Lt. Scaff will complete his swim Saturday at 2:28 p.m.

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