Charlie Sheen Pays for Injured Teen's Therapy Dog

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 4/11 at 6 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Florida teen injured in a Wisconsin amusement park ride finally got to meet the companion dog that actor Charlie Sheen is funding.

Teagan Marti suffered brain, spine, pelvis and internal injuries when nets and air bags that were supposed to catch her were not raised in 2010. She was paralyzed initially but can now walk with a walker.

Sheen wired $10,000 to the family in February after a family friend helped contact Sheen for help.

The family named the dog Charlie in honor of Sheen.

Fifteen-year-old Teagan says she was excited to meet the 4-month-old English Golden Retriever puppy Thursday. The family traveled to Milwaukee to meet Charlie, who is being trained in the Fond du Lac area.

She will get the dog for her September birthday.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 2/15 at 9:06 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Florida teenager who plummeted 100 feet from a Wisconsin amusement park ride in 2010 is getting some help from actor Charlie Sheen.

Teagan Marti suffered brain, spine, pelvis and internal injuries when nets and air bags that were supposed to catch riders on the free-fall ride were not raised. She was paralyzed initially but through physical therapy is now able to walk with a walker.

A Marti family friend in Eau Claire asked Sheen for $6,000 to cover therapy dog training, and Sheen wired $10,000 on Thursday.

Sheen said he found it impossible not to help after getting the request and he likes to "pay it forward."

The 15-year-old said she didn't really know much about Sheen before but now thinks he's kind and generous.


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