Somewhere between balancing a successful career and family life, Judge Gerald Zore has found time to donate blood 739 times, dedicating an estimated 1,478 hours of his time at Indiana Blood Center to help people he will never meet.
Judge Zore began raising his sleeve to save lives while attending college. He recalls his biology teacher, Sister Adelaide, OSF, encouraging him to donate blood. Since his college years, he has continued to give.
Judge Zore, 71, was recognized as an Indianapolis Business Journal Health Care Heroes finalist at IBJ’s awards breakfast. He was one of three finalists in the volunteer category out of a large selection of nominees.
After donating whole blood a few times, an Indiana Blood Center blood technician explained to Zore the importance of platelets, which are needed by many types of patients, including those undergoing cancer treatments, bone marrow or organ transplants, trauma procedures or open heart surgeries. Despite the two hours it takes to donate platelets, Zore didn’t think twice about making the switch. Again, he did it for one simple reason – because it is the right thing to do.
I always feel good about volunteering,” said Judge Zore. “I’m hoping this will encourage other people to do it.”
With each life touched by his blood donation, without ever knowing those he helps or expecting anything in return, Judge Gerald Zore is a true Health Care Hero.
Now it’s your turn, follow Judge Zore’s excellent example of selfless leadership and generosity by scheduling an appointment to Raise Your Sleeve at DonorPoint.org