Julie Riera Matsushima


In the process of life, Julie Riera Matsushima has experienced a variety of personal and career challenges that define her identity. Businesswoman, community leader, dynamic hostess, wife and mother; her life takes a dramatic turn. The birth of twin granddaughters in 1997 would prove to be an unexpected adventure foisted upon her by fate.

Inspired to tell her story when, as a successful business owner, the opportunity arose for her to accompany her three year old handicapped granddaughter to Poland for cutting-edge cerebral palsy therapy. Love, hope and focus would motivate her to sell her business and embark on a journey of unexpected challenges that touch the very core of human connection and commitment. In her book, "For The Love Of Aimee: A Memoir" Matsushima writes about the experiences, challenges, and the loving bond shared between Julie and her granddaughter, Aimee.

Julie has continuted to educate herself, and is a devoted advocate for the cause of children with special needs. A non-profit organization, That's Amore Charitable Foundation, Inc., was established in 2001 by Matsushima to serve children with disabilities.

The Santa Clara Council of Boy Scouts of America awarded Julie their prestigious 2008 Character Award, and she was also given the Santa Clara County Medici Medallion Award for her tireless work to make public parks and playgrounds accessible to children with special needs. The Silicon Valley METRO newspaper recently recognized Julie in their annual "Profiles in Change," highlighting citizens making a difference.

In addition to operating her own interior design and consulting business, Julie devotes her life to writing and advocating for children with special needs and their families. Julie also serves as a Parks Commissioner for the City of San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Department where she has raised awareness for the need of adaptive and equal play equipment in our parks. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Office of Therapeutic Services for the City of San Jose which serves the needs of disabled citizens in the community. Julie has been featured in the San Jose Business Journal, The Rosegarden Resident, Image Magazine, and other local publications.

Winning the respect and admiration of family, friends and colleagues alike, Julie's spiritual and personal strength in overcoming her own hardships demonstrate her commitment to help her granddaughter Aimee, and other children like her, lead a happy and fulfilling life.

Julie lives in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose, California, with her husband, Mel, and their beloved dog, Griffith. She travels the 150 mile round trip to Modesto, California, regularly to visit with her grandchildren and participate in their activities.

After completing her first book, research for her second book is in progress.




Julie is available for personal appearances to speak about her unbelievable story, to discuss children with special needs and heart-attacks in women.

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A Memoir"


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