Kroger and Milk-Bone have partnered to give a life-changing Canine Assistants service dog to Marietta resident Edward Stephens, 64.
Stephens was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 36. He will be welcomed into the Canine Assistants family Thursday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m., during a ceremony at the Smyrna Kroger, 3240 S. Cobb Drive.
Living with multiple sclerosis can make everyday tasks, such as retrieving dropped items or pushing elevator buttons, challenging. With the help of Canine Assistants, however, a service dog will be selected and trained to fit Stephens’s needs.
After a two-week training camp, he will experience life with the help of his new four-legged friend, who will help him perform a variety of tasks, all while providing a sense of independence.
“Through Canine Assistants, Kroger and Milk-Bone have helped provide deserving men, women and children with specially-trained service dogs for 13 years,” said Glynn Jenkins director of communication and public relations for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “We are honored to welcome Edward Stephens into the Canine Assistants family.”
Canine Assistants is a nonprofit organization that trains service dogs to assist those living with physical disabilities or other special.