Martha Childress Honored at USC Baseball Game

Columbia, SC (WLTX)- The University of South Carolina student who was shot in Columbia's Five Points district was honored at the USC baseball game Tuesday.

Martha says Chad Holbrook tweeted her recently asking if she would like to throw out the first pitch.

"I feel so lucky to be a gamecock," said Childress.

Childress not only got to throw out the first pitch, but also was given a jersey with a number seven and her last name on the back. The team also gave her $1,000 for her foundation.

Back in October, Childress was hit by a stray bullet while waiting for a cab.

The freshman first was hospitalized in Columbia, and then was transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta for two months of physical therapy. She was released from the Shepherd Center in December 2013.

"I am very fortunate to have such a great support system and to be where I am right now."

The 18-year-old is taking two online courses through USC and plans to come back to campus in the fall.

"President [Harris] Pastides has been amazing, and he really wants to make my transition back to Carolina as seamless as possible," said Childress.

Childress says her injury is considered a 'complete injury', so she won't be able to walk again, but is hopeful technology will make her life a little easier.

"You never know what the future holds"

Donations for Childress can be made to a trust fund set up for her: Martha Childress Trust Fund LLC, P.O. Box 25653, Greenville, SC 29616. Online donations can be made at


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