INDIANAPOLIS — Marsh Supermarkets and the Milk-Bone brand have helped a 13-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy get a service dog. Anthony Resler, 13, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at 2 years of age. He also has speech impairment, learning disabilities, attention-deficit disorder and is autistic. Anthony uses a leg brace and a manual wheelchair. As part of the Milk-Bone Canine Heroes Program, Anthony will be welcomed into Milk-Bone’s Canine Assistants family at a ceremony at the Marsh Supermarket at Boone Village in Zionsville on Thursday, Oct. 16. Anthony’s service dog will assist him in performing everyday tasks such as retrieving dropped items, turning lights on and off, and helping to pull or push his wheelchair. His dog will also help with socialization and improve his self-esteem. This is the 10th year that Marsh and Milk-Bone have co-sponsored service dogs in their communities. The Canine Assistants sponsorship includes purchasing the dog, extensive training for the dog and recipient, as well as lifelong veterinary services totaling more than $20,000. Marsh operates 99 Marsh Supermarkets and 5 O’Malia’s Food Markets in Indiana and Ohio.
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