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.