SAN FRANCISCO - Over $900,000 has been raised for a 75-year-old Asian woman who was the victim of a vicious and unprovoked attack in San Francisco last week.
Donations poured in from all over to help Xiao Zhen Xie recover from the traumatic experience. A GoFundMe page for Xie had raised $917,000 by Wednesday evening.
In a recent update posted to the crowdfunding page for the victim, Xie's family said she intends on donating all the funds back to the Asian American community to combat racism.
"She said we must not [submit] to racism and we must fight to the death if necessary. She also stated multiple times to donate all the funds generated in this GoFundMe back to the Asian American community to combat racism," her grandson John Chen wrote in an update Monday on the fundraising page. "She insists on making this decision saying this issue is bigger than [h]er."
Xie sustained two black eyes and a swollen wrist, and has been impacted mentally and emotionally by the attack, Chen wrote.
He said his grandmother is "afraid to step out of her home" and the event has "left her with PTSD."
The woman was attacked on Wednesday on San Francisco's Market Street and was able to bravely fight off her perpetrator.
San Francisco police arrested 39-year-old Steven Jenkins who they said was suspected of attacking Xie and a man.