Battling cancer, Carter will make trip to Nepal

Jimmy Carter isn’t letting cancer slow him down.

The former president told parishioners and visitors this past Sunday at his church in Plains that he will travel to Nepal in November to take part in Habitat for Humanity's annual work project. The construction project will take place Nov. 1-6 in the Chitwan district about 100 miles west of Kathmandu. The area was devastated by an earthquake earlier this year.

Carter was the main attraction at the Plains Peanut Festival this weekend. He made the Nepal announcement at the Maranatha Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school. Carter said he was delaying his fourth cancer treatment so he could make the trip with his wife, Rosalynn.

Officials with Habitat for Humanity on Tuesday confirmed that Carter's doctors have cleared him to make the trip.

“Since Rosalynn and I first volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in 1984, we’ve never missed a single year,” Carter said in statement released Tuesday. “I am grateful that we can join with other volunteers in November and continue to help shed light on the critical need to address inadequate housing around the world.”

Carter revealed this summer that he has cancer and laid out his treatment plans. Since then, the 90-year-old has kept up a hectic schedule. He said he will undergo his third cancer treatment this week, when he is also set to celebrate his 91st birthday.