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Kela Mitchell: Not just a caregiver, but a best friend

"I'm shocked and I'm happy and I'm just overwhelmed because I give and give and I don't ever expect anything in return and it's unnecessary really but I mean, it's exciting," said Mitchell. (Image: WTVC)

Having a job is a chance to make a living.

But if you're lucky, you sometimes meet people that change your life forever.

Cory Lee Woodard has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and can't do much on his own without help.

Having Kela Woodard around.. makes it easier.

"It's really hard to find you a good one that's dedicated. always on time and really goes above and beyond so with her, that's what she does," said Woodard.

When Cory told Kela he planned to move to the University of West Georgia for college, Kela came along too.

Once he graduated, they both moved back and she's been his caretaker ever since.

"I would love to show thanks to her and show her my appreciation for all that she does," said Woodard.

Kela thinks we showed up to talk to Cory about his blog.

Little does she know, Cory's about to surprise her with five hundred dollars cash.

"I know you thought they were here for me to interview about the blog but actually it's for you. It's for NewsChannel 9's Pay it forward segment. On behalf of NewsChannel 9 and the McMahan law firm, we wanted to show you our appreciation for all that you do. You've worked with me for a few years and you're honestly the best care attendant I've ever had and we are tremendously thankful so here's 500 dollars for that," said Woodard.

"I'm shocked and I'm happy and I'm just overwhelmed because I give and give and I don't ever expect anything in return and it's unnecessary really but I mean, it's exciting," said Mitchell.

Also exciting, because Kela is the proud mom of a baby girl and says the money will help.. pay for a new car seat.

Kela may be here to care for Cory, but she says, she gets a lot more than a paycheck.

"I'm just happy to be there to be there for him cause he's there for so many people. I mean, he's my best friend," said Mitchell.

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