Tragedy strikes member of PDX/SW WA Twitter community

$12,170raised of $10,000 goal

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

This fundraiser is closed

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.




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. 


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. 


From @KGWNews

@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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