Like Father, Like Son: Garcia, Jr. and Sr. Collect Donations for Medical Mission

A local high school senior will soon embark on a third world medical mission and you could say he has spent most of his life preparing to do so. Joseph Garcia, Jr.  has watched his father, Dr. Joseph Garcia, Sr., go on medical missions with the U.S. Air Force for his entire life and has been going with his dad on trips to hospitals in Iowa, Texas, and Utah since he was 6 years old. The experiences have clearly made a positive impression as Joseph, Jr. now aspires to become a physician and do humanitarian work by traveling to do medical missions of his own. He has studied Spanish for 3 years to help prepare for the humanitarian work and a future LDS mission and is this year’s Union High School World Languages Sterling Scholar. Joseph has interned through Union’s CAPS program working at the Uintah Basin Medical Center with his father and Dr. Baum for the last two years. He is the student founder and president of HOSA - Future Health Professionals at Union and is currently preparing for a medical mission to Guatemala this summer with his father and uncle. A donation drive is underway for the mission. They are gathering hygiene kits among other useful items including bars of soap, combs, hand towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, nail clippers, exercise books, rulers, sharpeners, erasers, glue, colored pencils, blue pens, pencils, and backpacks (plastic lined if possible). Help this impressive young man make a difference in the world by dropping off donations at the main entrances of Uintah Basin Healthcare locations.


Joseph Sr. ( Air force Doctor), and Joseph Jr.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.