NJ Heroes

Your Hero

Each and every day, people in our state do remarkable things to help improve the lives of others and give back to their communities. We want to recognize outstanding individuals who are truly making a difference. If you know someone who has made an impact on your life or on the lives of others, we want to hear about it. Each month we will give recognition to one of these heroes and thank them for their dedication, kindness, and willingness to go the extra mile.

First Lady Mary Pat Christie names David McCauley, Executive Director of Rise Up to Cure Paralysis, as  her sixth New Jersey Hero

David McCauley

First Lady Mary Pat Christie Honors David McCauley for His Commitment to Enhance Quality of Life Conditions for People Living with Paralysis

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Jerry Walker

Jerry Walker is not only a star athlete, playing basketball for St. Anthony High School and Seton Hall, he is also a hero to many children growing up in his hometown of Jersey City.

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First Lady Mary Pat Christie with Team Walker.

Wendie Blanchard

First Lady Mary Pat Christie honors her fourth NJ Hero of 2011, Arthur and Friends Founder Wendie Blanchard, for helping adults with disabilities gain important life skills.

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First Lady Mary Pat Christie and daughter Sarah meet Arthur Blanchard,

Matt Cortland

First Lady Mary Pat Christie names her third NJ Hero of 2011, Matt Cortland. Matt started Bros UniteD, or B.U.D., a mentoring program for teenage boys with autism.

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Photo of First Lady Mary Pat Christie and Matt Cortland

Cathi Rendfrey

I am proud to announce my second NJ Hero of 2011, Cathi Rendfrey. Cathi is a true NJ Hero for the work she does with displaced homemakers in the Burlington/Camden county areas. She started working at the Women’s Opportunity Center, or WOC, in 1991 and has been fighting to help make women’s lives better ever since. The WOC has helped approximately 3,000 women since it’s inception, through various workshops that offer emotional, occupational, and educational support. I had the opportunity to sit in on part of a workshop that the WOC offers, entitled “Conflict Resolution”. It was amazing how much I learned from the program in only the 15 minutes I was there!


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Clark & Jean Paradise

Today I had the pleasure of going to meet Clark and Jean Paradise, my first NJ Heroes of 2011. After going through numerous submissions, I chose the Paradises because they truly embodied what it means to be a hero. They saw a need within their community, took action, and spread their good deeds throughout our state. Both in their 80s, they started out by helping people living in a tent-city community nearby by bringing them blankets, clothing, and portable heaters.

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Clark & Jean Paradise