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Tragedy strikes member of PDX/SW WA Twitter community

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Organizer: Marissa aka MPdaCNA Beneficiary: Caran & family (aka ScanCouver)

Tragedy strikes member of PDX/SW WA Twitter community when she unknowingly tweets her husbands final moments.

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12/15/13 10:03 pm

An update has been posted in the Updates Tab ...
I just noticed that there are comments posted via the Facebook Social Plug-in. I will point them out to Caran, I know that she will be saving all the notes to share with the boys as they get older.

Posted on 12/08/2013 by Organizer Marissa aka MPdaCNA

A Thank You from Caran Johnson:

I want to thank everyone who has helped my family and me through this most difficult time.  We are so blessed to have so many people share their kind thoughts and prayers with us.  We are overwhelmed by the support we have received.

I would also like to sincerely thank those that graciously donated money.  First and foremost, the money will help with the costs associated with the funeral and service for Craig.  It will also make it possible for me to continue to earn my teaching degree, as Craig was working hard to support our family while I am in school.   With your donations, I will also be able to provide Christmas for our sons, and I cannot express how grateful I am for this.

Unfortunately, it seems that most of the media attention has been about my family’s loss.  I want to let Carol Shelly and her family know that we are so very sorry that she was hurt in this tragic accident.  We are thinking of her and praying for her fast recovery.

Most importantly, I want to share some things about Craig and who he was.  He was an incredible person who loved his family beyond belief.  He looked forward to playing Legos with Cameron and teaching Bryce to play the guitar.  He had an amazing sense of humor and laughed every day.  Even when things were rough, he found a reason to laugh.  He had a deep love for nature, especially  birds, and we would often visit Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge.  He was a MOPAR guy.  His dream was to get a ’66 Nova and rebuild it with Bryce.  He was so kind and caring of others.  He thought of others before he thought of himself.  He was loved by so many people and will be missed terribly




12/8/13 10:40pm

A statement from Caran Johnson has been released and is found on the Update Tab. This is the only media statement at this time. The family continues to request privacy and has no plans for interviews in person or by phone at this time.

Any additional information will be released here.


 

Thank you.


 

~Marissa


 

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I have had several ask about continuing donations since the "goal" has been met. There is no top out amount here. The site allows donations to continue as long
as the campaign is live.

UPDATE 12/6/13 @ 5:21pm

An UPDATE has been posted under the Updates Tab. Please go there for more information.

For those that have asked, donations ARE still being accepted. Thank you and may you all be blessed. 

~Marissa
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UPDATE: 12/5/13 @ 2:34pm All money is now being deposited into the PayPal Account of Caran J. Once the initial deposits clear my account, that money will be forwarded to her, much of it is form unverified users or out of Country donations and PayPal takes longer to process them.

If you are uncomfortable with online giving, checks can be dropped off at any branch of Columbia Credit Union care of the "Craig & Caran Johnson Benefit"  or mailed directly to Columbia Credit Union, "Craig & Caran Johnson Benefit", P.O. Box 324, Vancouver, WA 98666

Thanks again for blessing this family Caran is overwhelmed with your support and how big this has become. Our Community is humbled by your generosity!


Update 12/5/13 @ 11:04 am: The support worldwide is simply unbelievable! To say I am humbled is an understatement. I know that this will help Caran and the boys as they stagger through the coming weeks. Thank you ALL for your support. Continued prayers are appreciated. 
 Marissa ~ @MPdaCNA


Update 12/4/13 @ 11:25pm: A goal is just that, a goal. I initially put $2000 in there and @TimBledsoe asked me, what happens when that is reached? So I put $10,000 in the spot. I did not imagine that the fund would be over $1300 in a couple of hours! Thank you ALL for the support. 

                ~MPdaCNA


From @KGWNews http://www.kgw.com/news/Twitter-user-live-tweets-crash-that-killed-her-own-husband-234526811.html


@ScanCouver live tweets many 911 calls, weather & traffic alerts in our area. She is well known and respected. This Wednesday afternoon was like many others, an accident shut down a busy Interstate and she shared the information to alert drivers.

Soon she realized her husband wasn't home from work as scheduled, and through a tragic turn of events, she learned that he was the fatality she had just tweeted about.

As a widow myself, I know all too well how much she is going through right now, and while money won't bring her husband back, it can help ease the strain of a funeral, burial and associated costs, as well as replace some of his wages that are now gone in the weeks before Christmas. It's my way of giving back and a way that her Tweeps can show their support. 

Thanks in advance to everyone that donates, and additional thanks to @CherylBle and @TimBledsoe for assisting with this and other funds being set up at a local bank.

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12/15/2013
by Marissa aka MPdaCNA
I attended the Celebration of Life for Craig Johnson last week. The family extends it's deepest gratitude to the outpouring of support that has come as a result of this tragic accident.
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12/08/2013
by Marissa aka MPdaCNA

A Thank You from Caran Johnson:

I want to thank everyone who has helped my family and me through this most difficult time.  We are so blessed to have so many people share their kind thoughts and prayers with us.  We are overwhelmed by the support we have received.

I would also like to sincerely thank those that graciously donated money.  First and foremost, the money will help with the costs associated with the funeral and service for Craig.  It will also make it possible for me to continue to earn my teaching degree, as Craig was working hard to support our family while I am in school.   With your donations, I will also be able to provide Christmas for our sons, and I cannot express how grateful I am for this.

Unfortunately, it seems that most of the media attention has been about my family’s loss.  I want to let Carol Shelly and her family know that we are so very sorry that she was hurt in this tragic accident.  We are thinking of her and praying for her fast recovery.

Most importantly, I want to share some things about Craig and who he was.  He was an incredible person who loved his family beyond belief.  He looked forward to playing Legos with Cameron and teaching Bryce to play the guitar.  He had an amazing sense of humor and laughed every day.  Even when things were rough, he found a reason to laugh.  He had a deep love for nature, especially  birds, and we would often visit Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge.  He was a MOPAR guy.  His dream was to get a ’66 Nova and rebuild it with Bryce.  He was so kind and caring of others.  He thought of others before he thought of himself.  He was loved by so many people and will be missed terribly


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12/06/2013
by Marissa aka MPdaCNA
I have just transfered OVER $5000 from my PayPal account to Caran's account. This was the money that came in prior to having her PayPal account information.

I spoke with her earlier and she is simply overwhelmed and in awe at the support she and the kids have received. NONE of it was expected, in fact, she said we were at over $3000 before she even knew what was happening here. 

She has been busy dealing with all the legalities of what has happened and wants you to know that she appreciates all the thoughts, prayers and well wishes. She doesn't want people to lose sight of the other family that is dealing with their own personal tragedy here. She hopes that there are friends of that family providing support there as well. 

There will be a statement released in the near future by Caran and her family, when that happens, I will share it according to their wishes. 

TO THE MEDIA: The family asks that you PLEASE respect their privacy as they continue to work through the specifics of all that is happening. While I was on the phone with her, she and her family were getting phone calls from folks worldwide (Yes, I do mean WORLDWIDE ~ Someone from Israel tracked down her Aunt somehow ~ not to mention Inside Edition, Good Morning America and the list goes on). When they are ready and IF they decide to go public, you will find out and be given a way to connect. Now is NOT the time. Thank you! 
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12/05/2013
by Marissa aka MPdaCNA
Update 12/5/13 @ 11:04 am: The support worldwide is simply unbelievable! To say I am humbled is an understatement. I know that this will help Caran and the boys as they stagger through the coming weeks. Thank you ALL for your support. Continued prayers are appreciated. 
 Marissa ~ @MPdaCNA
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12/05/2013
by Marissa aka MPdaCNA
As I go to bed tonight, I am humbled by the support already showed to Caran and her boys. The power of social media and the press is amazing! 

My prayer is that we all remember to tell those around us how much we mean to each other. Life can change in an instant. 
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12/04/2013
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12/04/2013
by Marissa aka MPdaCNA
THANK YOU to all that have donated to Caran and her kids, and for those that have shared already! 

A great perspective .... Thanks to Colin Miner @ KATU for this. 

http://www.katu.com/news/field-notes/Womans-tragic-coincidence-offers-lessons-of-compassion-234541631.html
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