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Hudson County Resident is Awarded as 47th New Jersey Hero
photoAlt Trenton, NJ - Continuing her commitment to autism awareness and empowerment, First Lady Mary Pat Christie today recognized Kerry Magro, founder of the non-profit organization KFM Making a Difference, as her second New Jersey Hero of 2017 and 47th Hero overall. Diagnosed with autism at the age of four, Magro is being honored for his efforts to increase understanding of the disability in addition to a post -secondary scholarship program he instituted for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

“Kerry truly personifies the attributes of a real hero,” said First Lady Mary Pat Christie.  “After overcoming the challenges of autism, he decided to use his experience to inspire and encourage other students to pursue their dreams and created a college scholarship program specifically for special needs students including those with ASD. For all of the accomplishments he has achieved to empower others, I’m proud to name Kerry Magro my 47th Hero.”
 “For someone who was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey it’s a dream come true to be named a New Jersey Hero,” said Kerry Magro. “Growing up having autism, it’s been a passion of mine to help those with autism and other special needs throughout the world succeed. Thanks to First Lady Mary Pat Christie, we can continue to shine a beautiful light on our community. We are forever grateful.”

In addition to the scholarship fund, Magro’s website includes an online support blog. Posts include helpful tips for autistic students, research regarding autism, and inspirational stories from scholarship winners as well as others in the community.  He also hopes to expand his non-profit to help with employment opportunities and navigating post graduate obstacles for those with autism.
Magro has spoken at over 700 events around the country and internationally on disability related topics and bullying prevention. In 2014, he began working on his first solo documentary based on his life on the autism spectrum, and has published two books on related topics. In addition, Magro is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Technology at New Jersey City University (NJCU).

For more information about KFM Making a Difference, visit http://kfmmakingadifference.org