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      Martha Childress honored at USC baseball game

      COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - Martha Childress joined several Gamecock fans at Tuesday night's baseball game.

      Childress was honored by the team who donated $1,000 to her trust fund, and threw out the first pitch of the night.

      "She's a true Gamecock," said Holbrook during the ceremony. "She's showing true Gamecock spirit."

      Childress is still recovering from a night that changed her life forever.

      She was struck by a stray bullet while waiting for a taxi cab in Five Points one Saturday night in 2013. The bullet left her paralyzed from the waist down.

      Childress has undergone hours of rehab at an Atlanta recovery center, but the USC student has not let tragedy stop her from pursuing her college education.

      Childress has enrolled into two online courses at the University for the 2014 spring term.

      "Martha is just a courageous young woman," said Jimmy Hilliard who was in attendance during the ceremony.

      "The ceremony was very special. I thought it was a great way to honor somebody with such resiliency as Martha has shown," said Jennifer Lawter who also attended the game.