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Hundreds Of People Donated To Fulfill This Nova Scotia Man's Dying Wish To Be With His Family

RIP Cameron Conrad.

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A Nova Scotia man's family has thanked the hundreds of people who donated to a campaign to fly him across the country so he could spend his final days in his home province.

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Cameron Conrad was working as a tractor-trailer driver in Grande Prairie, Alberta, when he was diagnosed with lung cancer in late 2015. It was fairly advanced, and had spread to his bones, according to his sister Juanita Martin. The doctors only gave him months to live.

Enduring a six-hour commercial flight from Alberta to Nova Scotia was too much for Conrad to bear in his condition, so his family launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise enough money for a medevac flight home.

"The cost is $47,000.00 and we know this is a lot of money, but we also know Cameron has a lot of friends," Martin wrote on the fundraising page.

Cameron's family managed to beat the fundraising goal, raising $52,600 from almost 600 individuals over the course of a month. He was able to spend his last two weeks surrounded by family.

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"He just kept on saying, 'It is so good to be home in Nova Scotia.' There was tremendous comfort and peace," Martin told CBC News.

Martin announced Conrad's death on Thursday. He was 57 years old.

"Just wanted to let everyone know who cared, shared and donated, Cameron was taken from us today," she wrote on Gofundme. "He was so happy and thankful that he was able to get home all due to your generosity."

Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.

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