Joanie Design

We excitedly recognize Utu Humanitarian Alliance member Joan Hintz ( for winning the "Best Booth"award at the 2016 Las Vegas Market.

It's easy to see why people love Joanie Design furnishings. The designs are fresh, fashion-forward and fabulous. Another great reason to love Joanie Design is their commitment to do good. For each item they sell they use a portion of the proceeds to fund an essential medical procedure for someone in need. 

Congratulations on being recognized at Las Vegas Market!

An attitude of gratitude

During this season of thanksgiving we are reminded that there are always plenty of things for which we should feel gratitude, regardless of our present challenges. Sometimes all that is needed to feel better about ourselves and our circumstances is to pause and give thanks for that which we already have. Commonly-expressed thanksgiving sentiments include:

  • Family
  • Health
  • Freedom
  • Career successes 
  • Safety
  • Friends
  • Educational opportunities
  • Talents

For many of us these things are fundamental to our daily happiness. They typically require some upkeep and attention. Certainly they are worthy of our best efforts. They are also often subject to forces outside of our control. Challenges in any one of these arenas will often cause us a measure of stress or heartache.

Something to think about

Do we take for granted anything even more fundamental to our daily happiness than the things mentioned above? For example, how often do we feel gratitude for the ability to see? How often do we feel gratitude for the ability to smile or talk? How often do we feel gratitude for the ability to walk? We often only feel gratitude for these types of things when we encounter someone that endures life without them.

Too many people around the world endure a life handicapped by the absence of one of these fundamental abilities. For some, it may be the result of an injury or an incurable condition. For many, however, it can be restored with a relatively simple medical procedure . . . a procedure they have no way to afford.

I am grateful for the men, women and organizations that participate in Utu Humanitarian Alliance. On behalf of the thousands of souls that have been lifted through your participation, thank you. Thank you for kindness. Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for your humanity. 

 Rosendo Salazar Quispe and Dr. Mogullon who performed his cataract procedure.

Rosendo Salazar Quispe and Dr. Mogullon who performed his cataract procedure.

This picture of surgeon and patient tells the true story of selfless giving. You can see the genuine joy in Dr. Mogullon's countenance. He is grateful that someone he never met donated the resources to allow him to help perform this cataract procedure for Rosendo Salazar Quispe. The joy that comes to the giver is as great or greater than that of the person receiving the gift. Rosendo Salazar Quispe will likely never know which Utu Humanitarian Alliance member sponsored his cataract procedure, but he will be forever grateful to Dr. Mogullon and his anonymous benefactor. 


Dr Kraig Burgess

Dr Kraig Burgess

Dr Kraig Burgess is an expert in the field of orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgery with The Orthopedic Clinic Association (TOCA).  We are thrilled to welcome him to the growing list of Utu providers. 

In addition to being one of the foremost surgeons in his field, Dr Burgess' has an impressive resume of personal, professional and humanitarian accomplishments. Dr Burgess jumped at the opportunity to expand his (already significant) humanitarian outreach activities by joining Utu Humanitarian Alliance. You simply will not find a more capable, attentive, genuine (or better looking!) physician anywhere.

If your treatment with Dr Burgess necessitates surgery, we hope you will find comfort and confidence in the knowledge that you are in the care of one the most highly skilled surgeons in the country. We also hope that you will find joy in the knowledge that your procedure will directly facilitate an essential procedure for someone that would not otherwise have access to skilled medical care.  

In this picture Dr Burgess is presenting a certificate to his young patient, Alexis. The certificate commemorates the vision-restoring cataract procedure that Dr Burgess' was able to sponsor using a portion is his fee from Alexis' procedure. The procedure itself was performed by Dr Burgess' counterpart in Pakistan, Dr Junaid Mehboob. Thank you Dr. Burgess for you caring generosity. Thank you Alexis for choosing the best hand specialist there is!