Thomas working to relieve stress from cancer patients and families
By Caitlin Boland

Juanita Thomas recently established a nonprofit, People Empowering People, to help provide cancer patients with transportation to and from treatments.
A local woman and cancer survivor is looking to help cancer patients have transportation to their treatment centers when needed.
“I help cancer patients with transportation to their treatment centers for those who need a ride,” said Juanita Thomas. “I’m hoping to expand soon to provide programs for caregivers and special events for them because I know they get stressed out taking care of people.”
Thomas said she also offers free wigs to those patients who want them.
Thomas said she wanted to start the 501(c)(3) nonprofit People Empowering People because of her own cancer survival as well as being a caregiver for her sister when she was diagnosed with lung cancer.
“She passed away in 2012,” Thomas said. “With that, my younger sister, brother and I, we had to come together to make a plan to get her to her treatment center so everyone wouldn’t have to take off work for taking her. In doing that, I would hear people talking about how they would struggle to get their loved ones to the treatment or wherever they had to go. You also see on Facebook people struggling to find a way to get their loved ones to treatment.”
Thomas said she looked online with the American Cancer Society to see if there was a transportation service in this area for cancer patients. She found one in Augusta but none in Thomson.
“I know God didn’t heal me just for me, so I had to share my testimony and just do something to give back,” Thomas said. “I came up with People Empowering People. I wanted to name it something else, but God said People Empowering People and I said ok.”
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, see the full story in the Oct. 26, 2017 issue of The McDuffie Progress. To have The McDuffie Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe. Or, follow the link on our home page to subscribe.





McDuffie Progress




McDuffie Progress

McDuffie Progress





McDuffie Progress