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

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.

For media inquiries only, contact Florida Hospital Corporate Communications at 407-303-5950.

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