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-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.