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 its 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 AdventHealth 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 organizations 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. Its 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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