After 18+ years of not attending school I received the gifts of encouragement, knowledge and power when God placed me next to Doreen Matsumoto on my first day back to school. I am not who I was when I first met her; God used her to encourage me to be bold in life and discover what God has placed inside of me. The gift of knowledge that God has given her allows her to truly share and equip others to conquer obstacles and obtain power in different areas of life. She is a gem I will treasure.- Susana Gonzalez
I met Doreen Matsumoto many years ago at a fundraiser for Totally Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Doreen has been a true “Angel on Earth” in service to her community. I know that if I have a need at the hospital and it is a true benefit for the patients, families and staff, Doreen will immediately be in action to help fill that need. Doreen has raised thousands of dollars and truckloads of in-kind donations benefitting our patients and families. Doreen has also teamed with our Wellness Coordinator through her Healthy Families Movement to provide nutrition and physical fitness classes to educate our staff and families to improve their health and wellbeing. Doreen and I have also teamed on many fundraisers benefitting Angel Light Academy’s Leadership Training Institute, a nonprofit organization that teaches adult and youth leadership training. Doreen was honored by Angel Light Academy’s Leadership Training Institute as an Above and Beyond Award recipient for her excellence in leadership and service to her community. I am honored to know Doreen Matsumoto and call her my friend.- Pauline Hennessey, Totally Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Vice President of Child Development, Education & Rehabilitation Services
Doreen is the consummate professional. Her organizational and communications skills have greatly benefited the American Legion and the charities she has sponsored. Her boundless energy allows her to follow an event from its concept to its completion. She is an inspiration to anyone with whom she comes in contact.- Jack Rector, Communications Coordinator, American Legion Post 295, Cypress, California
Doreen is a master at the art of networking, friend-building and helping others achieve their dreams. She has a huge heart for charity and organizes her own priorities, friends and networks around making a difference. She is continuously one of the most active and successful fundraisers for our charity, the MORE Project. Her activity is purposeful and full of love for the people she serves.- Andrea Barnes, Executive Director of The MORE PRojectI personally love and appreciate Doreen. She represents all that is good in the world.
Doreen has been a tireless champion and volunteer for me and the Ride For Kids for many years. We worked together to raise money to fund the critically needed research and treatment programs for childhood brain tumors. We are in our 30th year now and we’ve had so much success with saving their lives that some of those kids are now entering college and we are able to provide scholarships to about 300 brain tumor patients every year. When the Ride For Kids program and Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation were started the fatality rate was 99.9%. Today it’s down to about 40%. We’ve come a long way and we still have a long way to go, but with people like Doreen Matsumoto helping us along the path I know that we will get that fatality rate down to 0%, because people like Doreen don’t give up or throw in the towel. And we won’t either!- Gary Magee, Ride for Kids
I MET DOREEN A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS JUST STARTING MY TOY RUN FOR THE FIRST TIME. SHE CAME INTO LIFESTYLE CYCLES WITH A CAR LOAD OF TOY DONATIONS FOR OUR TOY RUN AND WE HAVE BEEN DOING FUNDRAISERS EVER SINCE.- Flagman Frank
THIS YEAR WILL BE OUR 8th TOY RUN TOGETHER. DOREEN HAS THE BIGGEST, LOVING, GIVING HEART OF ANYONE I KNOW. IF I KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FUNDRAISING, IT’S BECAUSE I WAS TAUGHT BY THE BEST(DOREEN). DOREEN AND I HAVE BEEN TO MANY MANY FUNDRAISERS,BUT THE ONE THAT STICKS THE CLOSEST TO ME IS THE TOTALLY KIDS FUNDRAISER THAT SHE DOES EVERY YEAR WITH HESSIANS SPIKE, WHICH BENEFITS CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS WITH SEVERE BRAIN INJURY.
WOW! I LOVE YOU DOREEN AND I LOOK FORWARD TO MANY MORE FUNDRAISERS WITH YOU. THANKS TO YOU, I NOW KNOW THE REWARDING FEELING I GET WHEN I SEE A HOMELESS PERSON GET A BLANKET OR A KID GETTING A TOY AT CHRISTMAS TIME OR A NEW BACKPACK FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. YOU ARE THE MASTER DOREEN!