Late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Honored for Healing Lives as an Organ and Tissue Donor

Mayor Ed Lee, who died last month, was a registered organ and tissue donor

 (San Ramon, CA) January 23, 2018 – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting was adjourned today in memory of the late Mayor, Edwin Mah Lee, and three other organ and tissue donors who gave the Gift of Life in the County last month. The announcement was made by Donor Network West, the organ and tissue recovery organization for northern California and Nevada, and the Office of San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang.

Supervisor Tang of San Francisco’s District 4 (Sunset/Parkside) began requesting the Board to adjourn monthly last summer in an effort to honor organ, eye and tissue donors and encourage more people to register as donors. This initiative, in partnership with Donor Network West, recognizes those who became donors at San Francisco City and County hospitals and whose families have authorized for their names to be read into the public record. The late Mayor died on December 12 of a heart attack at age 65 and became a donor.

“Mayor Lee gave the ultimate gift to fellow members of the community that he so deeply cared about. No other act of compassion and generosity can compare to leaving the Gift of Life as part of your legacy,” said Cindy Siljestrom, CEO of Donor Network West.

During her remarks, Supervisor Tang expressed how surreal it was to have to read the name of the late Mayor as someone who is now deceased and took the opportunity to highlight his selflessness.

“When I began this tradition of adjourning our meetings in honor of organ and tissue donors at the Board of Supervisors, it never once crossed my mind that I would one day have to read the name of our beloved Mayor Lee,” said Supervisor Katy Tang. “He was a selfless man who gave so much while he was alive, and continues to do so even after his passing.”

The family of Mr. Lee expressed gratitude for the opportunity to honor him and pride in his decision to register as an organ and tissue donor.

“He has lived every aspect of his life with selflessness, generosity and a dedication to serving his community. We were not surprised at all that he had decided to be a donor and continue that spirit of helping others even after his passing. We have been, and continue to be extremely proud of him and the gift that he was able to give to others in need,” says Brianna Lee, the late Mayor’s daughter.

Donor Network West serves 175 hospitals and more than 13 million people within 100,000 square miles in northern California and Nevada. The organization works in close partnership with families, doctors, nurses, more than 500 funeral homes and 44 coroners and medical examiners to connect donors to recipients.

There are 22,275 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the 40 counties served by Donor Network West of which nearly 700 reside in San Francisco County. One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and a tissue donor can heal more than 75 others. Anyone can register as a donor at or at the DMV.

About Donor Network West
Donor Network West saves and heals lives by facilitating organ and tissue recovery for transplantation. The organization was established in 1987, and is an official Donate Life organization accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Federally designated to serve 40 counties in northern California and Nevada, Donor Network West partners with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state-authorized donor registries. For information, visit and find us on social media: @mydnwest