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Actor Charlie Sheen gave 15-year old Teagan Marti $10,000 for a therapy dog to help in her rehabilitation from the injuries she received when she fell 100 feet from an amusement park ride in Wisconsin in 2010.
Teagan did not know much about the actor prior to his donation, but is grateful for his help, stating, “I think he’s a very kind person for helping me and my family and very generous,” reports the Associated Press.
Teagan suffered brain, spine, pelvis and internal injuries when the nets and air bags that were supposed to catch the riders on a free-fall ride were not raised. She was hospitalized in Florida and Wisconsin for three months and for a while had no use of her arms of legs. She has come a long way with physical therapy and can now walk again with the aid of a walker.
Teagan's mother, Julie Marti, spoke of how much financial trouble the family was in after receiving the medical bills, and their house was being foreclosed on. In response to Sheen's donation, she said, "I'm in such disbelief. I was crying. ... What a guy. What a guy," reports the AP.
The English Golden Retriever is being trained Fond du Lac to turn on lights, pick up objects and be Teagan’s constant companion. Sheen learned about Teagan though a letter from Lucia Wilgus, a friend of the Marti's, informing him that the training would cost around $6,000.
Sheen added more for extra costs, stating, "I like to pay it forward. People come into your orbit for a reason. You don't always know what that is ahead of time, but if I ignore these requests then I don't have any opportunity to see where these things lead us, or lead me," reports the AP.
Despite keeping the majority of his donations private, Sheen wanted people to be aware of this one so that they may be inspired to donate themselves.
Sheen joked, “I think they should name the dog Charlie."
Sheen has been on a kindness streak, donating $75,000 to help a little girl fight cancer.