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Group to hold 5K to benefit USC freshman injured in shooting

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A 5K "Marthathon" will be held Nov. 27 to benefit USC freshman Martha Childress.

Childress, 18, was shot and paralyzed in a random shooting last month at Five Points.

Childress is spending the next few months recovering and learning new skills in Atlanta at the Shepherd Center for Spinal Injuries, her family said. 

Proceeds generated from the race will go towards the Martha Childress Trust Fund and be used to pay medical expenses and help equip the family as they adjust to their new lives with Martha, her uncle Jim Carpenter said. 

The race will start at 2 p.m. at the MESA Soccer Complex in Greenville. The cost is $15 for students and $25 for adults.

"I cannot wait to see everyone from all different colleges come back to Greenville for Thanksgiving and run together as one for Martha," said Bryce Conti, a friend and former classmate.

Martha tweeted Wednesday "One month ago my life changed forever. I'm so thankful I get another chance at life & thankful for those true friends who've supported me."

To register, go to or visit Martha's website at A "Martha Strong" wristband will be included with each registration.

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