AIDS United Expresses Sympathies to CEO Michael J. Kaplan on the loss of his spouse Sean Sasser

(statement of Douglas M. Brooks, Chair of AIDS United’s Board of Trustees)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 8, 2013, – “On behalf of the AIDS United Board of Trustees, Staff and Public Policy Committee I want to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to our colleague and friend Michael J. Kaplan on the loss of his spouse Sean Franklin Sasser. Sean passed away on August 7 at age 44 after a brief but difficult battle with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the lungs. Sean had been living with HIV for 25 years.

“While we and the world have known Sean as a prominent AIDS activist, the AIDS United family also has known Sean as the devoted spouse of Michael Kaplan, who supported and accompanied him as the couple made a significant life transition from Portland, OR to Washington D.C. when we recruited Michael to take the helm of AIDS United in December, 2012. We shared Michael’s pride as Sean’s success as a celebrated pastry chef just continued to grow after their move to the District. We will always be grateful for Sean’s support of Michael in Michael’s new and often-demanding role as President and CEO. And we will certainly miss the generous samplings of his magnificent pastry creations that he occasionally shared with the AIDS United offices.

“Our thoughts are with Michael and the families of both Sean and Michael at this time. We pray that they find peace from their memories of Sean in the coming days.”

Expressions of condolences can be made to Michael Kaplan at

Donations to the Sean Sasser Memorial Fund can be made by clicking here.