ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - You likely know David Backes as Captain of the St. Louis Blues and Olympian for Team USA, but he's also a big animal rights activist.
He's teamed up with the people behind the Marshall the Miracle Dog movement to help make a difference in the fight against bullying, whether it's bullying toward people or animals.
It's all part of the Marshall Movement, which grew out of the true life story of a loveable Labrador retriever rescued from an animal hoarder in Marshall Missouri four years ago. The wounds were so bad doctors at the Humane Society called it the worst case of abuse and neglect they had ever seen.
In order to save his life, they had to amputate his front leg. Plus, his face was so bitten up, it had a hole the size of a baseball. All the wounds are now healed, and Marshall is a symbol of courage, empathy, kindness and the power of forgiveness.
The owner who adopted him wrote a children's book about his life story, and that turned into a movie that was shot in the St. Louis metro area this summer.
It's scheduled to be in theaters next year, but an anti-bullying curriculum was also created surrounding Marshall's story. It will be taught in schools throughout Missouri this upcoming school year with the possibility of going national as well.