Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan cancer patient loses home in fire

A northern Saskatchewan community is rallying behind an English Bay resident, whose log cabin burned to the ground the same day he learned of his cancer diagnosis.

Neighbours organize fundraiser for English Bay resident

Gordie Carle has been living in what had been a fishing shack close to the burned out remains of his log cabin. (Brett Bradshaw/CBC)
A northern Saskatchewan community is rallying behind an English Bay resident, whose log cabin burned to the ground the same day he learned of his cancer diagnosis.
A donations fund has been set up for Gordie Carle, after the home he built for his family nearly 40 years ago was destroyed in a fire.
Gordie Carle, 79, is facing a fight against cancer. (CBC)

With the help of friends and neighbours, the 79-year-old converted his old fishing shack into a simple dwelling consisting of a single bed, a small tin wood stove and a window.

A grateful Carle's new, temporary home sits just a few metres away from the burned-out foundation of his former log cabin. He's already taken to calling it his "glad shack."

Asked about the new nickname for his former fishing shack, Carle said he was inspired by his wife.

"Well my wife says, 'You'll be glad to get back, so that's what I called it,'" he said, laughing.

Carle said being back on the land was a comfort, despite the reminder of the damaged cabin close by.

He plans to re-build the log cabin in the spring. Until then, between cancer treatments, he'll spend as much time as he can on the property.

"At least I'm home. I'm home," he said.

A pancake breakfast fundraiser is being held for the Carle family Dec. 17 at the Legion Hall in La Ronge. Donations are being accepted at the Conexus Credit Union and both CIBC branches in La Ronge.

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