President Carter collapses in Canada

President Carter collapses in Canada
Posted at 12:17 PM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-13 08:46:33-04

(RNN) - Former President Jimmy Carter, 92, collapsed while working on a Habitat for Humanity house in Winnipeg, the CBC reported.

He was experiencing dehydration at a construction site and was taken to St. Boniface Hospital as a precaution.

In a statement from Habitat for Humanity CEO CEO Jonathan Reckford, Carter said he's fine and encouraged everyone "to stay hydrated and keep building."

The former president is in Canada as part of Habitat for Humanity's plan to build 150 houses in Canada between as part of the nation's 150th anniversary celebration.

Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, long have been supporters of Habitat for Humanity, a globalnonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in about 70 countries around the world. 

The former president famously has not relaxed in his golden years, traveling the world for a variety of humanitarian causes.

In recent years, Carter battled a deadly form of melanoma. In August 2015, he announced the melanoma had spread to his brain, and he thought he had only months to live. 

But thanks to surgery, radiation and a relatively new form of immunotherapy treatment, Carter no longer needs cancer treatment as of March 2016, CNN said.

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