Student vies for Girl Scouts’ top honor with mural at Florida Hospital Celebration Health

Published: 
February 2, 2018

Brooke Forgione spent countless hours in hospital waiting rooms while her twin sister underwent tests and treatments for a series of medical conditions during their teenage years.

“I used to sit in waiting rooms for hours, anxiously waiting for my sister, so I know what it’s like to look for comfort within these walls,” said Forgione.

Today, the 18-year-old twins are both healthy, and Forgione is giving back in a big way.

She recently completed a 19-foot by 17-foot mural at Florida Hospital Celebration Health, intended to comfort the families who visit the neonatal intensive care unit.

The mural — inspired by Psalm 139 — features a large fruit tree, birds, deer, a mother and baby, with the scripture: “You knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

“I wanted to create a serene environment that will hopefully comfort visitors,” said Forgione.

Forgione, who has been a Scout for 13 years, hopes the project will also allow her to receive the organization’s Gold Award — the highest achievement for a Girl Scout.

“Our patients and families comment on how beautiful [the mural] is,” said Riki Scales, nurse manager of the NICU. “It creates a calming effect in the room. It’s more peaceful, more inviting and more family-oriented than just a clinical wall.”

Forgione is studying film production and technology at Valencia College and hopes to become a film director and incorporate her art in future projects, both on-screen and off.

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