Fort Lewis, WA — Camille Even, a 14-year-old high school student who lives on post, will be welcomed to the Canine Assistants family and introduced to a representative Canine Assistants service dog during a ceremony Thursday, January 8 at 11 a.m. at the Defense Commissary Agency Commissary on Fort Lewis.
Camille was diagnosed with Diabetes at 2 years old and at age 7 she was found to have developmental issues. Camille’s disabilities are progressive. She has mobility issues and uses a manual wheel chair to assist her.
Camille’s service dog will be able to assist her with everyday tasks such as retrieving dropped items, turning lights on/off, pulling/pushing her wheelchair and help her with balance. Her service dog will also offer constant companionship and safety.
Camille’s mother, Amy Even, and father, SGT Daniel Even, will attend the ceremony and be available for interviews. SGT Even is currently assigned to the 4th Squadron, 6th Air Cavalry Regiment and recently returned from his second Iraq deployment.
This sponsorship is part of the Milk-Bone(r) Canine Heroes(tm) Program and the celebration of 100 years in providing America’s select brand of dog treats. Milk-Bone(r) and DeCA are sponsoring a Canine Assistants service dog for Camille Even. Camille and her new best friend will go home together after they have both attended an upcoming sponsored training camp together. The cost and care of these specially trained dogs can exceed $20,000! This sponsorship will cover all travel and boarding at camp for Camille and includes veterinarian costs for the life of the dog!
A certified Canine Assistants Trainer and a representative dog will be attending the event along with representatives from DeCA and Milk-Bone(r).
Since 1997, Milk-Bone(r) has helped to sponsor over 800 police and service dogs all across the country.