Granddaughter of woman brutally beaten in San Francisco honored for helping community

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A San Francisco woman was recognized on Tuesday for her extraordinary response to a family tragedy.

Sasanna Yee was honored by the Board of Supervisors at City Hall.

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In January, Yee's 88-year-old grandmother was beaten at a park and suffered fractures to her face, spine and ribs.

Police say her attacked was an African-American man.

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Instead of letting rage and hate take over, Yee responded by organizing meetings and events to create more unity between the Chinese and African-American communities.

"Many communities are in pain and I don't want to perpetuate that pain. Thus I am taking a more transformative route through my own healing. I know the community can heal," Yee said.

Yee's grandmother remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

A GoFundMe to help with medical expenses has raised nearly $25,000.
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