You’re Having Papa Murphy’s Pizza for Dinner Tomorrow Night

I bet you didn’t know you were going to eat Papa Murphy’s pizza for dinner tomorrow night.  Read below to find out why.


If you live anywhere near Battle Ground, Washington,  you have probably heard of the nightmare that is Justin Carey’s reality.  On June 10, 2013, like so many days before, 16-year old Justin woke up, got ready, and went to catch the bus for school.  As he waited, Shaun Johnson, for reasons yet unknown, recklessly drove her Nissan Maxima directly into Justin.  The force of the collision thrust Justin over 150 through the air before coming to a rest in nearby bushes.  He laid on the ground, dying and unable to move, for over an hour and a half while officers and deputies investigated the scene and interviewed with Ms. Johnson.  He was too weak to get their attention, and he was becoming weaker by the minute as blood seeped from his body.  It was only when a tow truck operator was preparing Ms. Johnson’s vehicle to be towed from the scene that Justin’s faint pleas for help were heard and his prayers answered.

Emergency responders arrived quickly and rushed Justin to the hospital.  The impact broke both of Justin’s femur bones and severed both of his femoral arteries.  Ultimately, doctors had no choice but to remove the lower part of his right leg.  Miraculously, after more than a month in the hospital, Justin is now home and adapting to  life without his leg.   He’s acknowledged that his career goal of being in the military no longer seems possible but he hopes “something good is going to come out of it.”

As a personal injury attorney, I have a small understanding of the impact this will have on Justin’s life for years to come.  I’ve followed Justin’s story and am amazed by the tremendous show of support here in Southwest Washington.  Home Depot for example offered time and materials to build a wheelchair ramp at Justin’s house.  Local restaurant, South Pacific Cafe and Lounge hosted a fundraiser to pay for a prosthetic leg.  Community donations have poured in to help the family.  These undoubtedly will help Justin and his family deal with his mounting medical bills.  I know enough however to know that the donations will cover just the tip of the medical-bill iceberg that has accrued.  Justin’s medical bills undoubtedly total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Papa Murphy’s CEO, Ken Calwell, has graciously offered to donate to Justin’s medical fund 20 percent of the proceeds from all pizzas sold in Clark County between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 24, 2013.  We all need to eat.  It’s too hot to cook anyway.  What better way to show our support for Justin and his family (and Papa Murphy’s) by having pizza tomorrow night.  Share this opportunity with your friends, and invite them to share it with their friends.  Let’s pull together as a community and show our support for Justin and his family.

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7 Responses to “You’re Having Papa Murphy’s Pizza for Dinner Tomorrow Night”

  1. Craig Schauermann Says:

    I am ordering up Papa Murphy’s tonight. It’s on my speed dial. I always get the Cowboy + tomatoes—my Mother in Law loves it more than I do. Love at 425 degrees. Fabulous!

  2. Linda S. Busch Pfeifle Says:

    Hi Craig! Participating in as well as spreading the word in East County to order Papa Murphy’s tonight! 🙂

  3. paul lacy Says:

    The lady driving the car should pay for the medical bills, and why is she not in jail? Not telling the police she hit someone is the same as hit and run I think.

  4. Cathy Says:

    would love to see a follow up story on this about how much was raised for this young man. He was sitting outside the Battle Ground Papa Murphys talking to people as they went in and out. It was crazy busy and jammed packed.

    • Scott Edwards Says:

      Thank you Cathy for your support (and the support of everyone else in the community). The Columbian wrote a piece suggesting that over 5,000 pizzas were sold–that’s a lot of pie! I don’t know about you, but I had leftovers for lunch today.

  5. Jim Carey Says:

    Thank you for taking time to write your thoughts and posting this , it was heartfelt and considerate and helped share Justins story all throughout our community

  6. Julia Smith Says:

    that is more than hit and run its a type of attempted manslaughter…they of course have to investigate more of her state of mind, do a psychological check so on….she is in trouble…doubt she can pay his medical bills once in JAIL! Thanks for posting this…wish I was near Clark County.

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