'All the difference in the world': N.S. man with terminal cancer happy to be home

A Nova Scotia man with terminal cancer is thanking the friends, family, and "hundreds of strangers" who made it possible for him to spend his last days at home.

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From his hospital bed in Musquodoboit, N.S., Cameron Conrad expressed gratitude to the hundreds of donors who helped raise funds to fly him from Alberta to Nova Scota.

"I want to thank the people that got me back here," Conrad told CTV Atlantic. "It wasn't just one person, it was every person. It was you guys. It was my family. It was my friends. It was strangers, hundreds of strangers.

"It's good to see people pour out their hearts," he added. "I hope it doesn't stop at me."

Conrad was working in Grand Prairie, Alta., when he was diagnosed with cancer.

The 57-year-old was confined to a bed in a Calgary hospital. As his condition worsened, he said his one wish was to return home. However, Conrad's condition made it a difficult journey.

He wasn't strong enough to sit up for a long plane ride, meaning he needed a special medevac flight.

His family launched an online fundraiser, hoping to raise the tens of thousands of dollars necessary to cover the costs.

Within 20 days, the page had amassed more than $50,000, and caught the attention of the owner of an Alberta medevac company, who also offered to help.

On Thursday, Conrad touched down on the East Coast.

Now, Conrad is staying at the Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital in Musquodoboit, in a room with a view of his home province.

"To know I'm going to die back here makes difference in the world," he said.

With a report by CTV Atlantic



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