Four girls from Girl Scout Troop 12771 in Plymouth, Minnesota found a creative way to inspire patients at Hennepin County Medical Center. Girl Scout Cadettes Lexi Fresh, Stephanie Garvis, Soronny Lee, and Devika Narayan completed their Silver Award, aiming to bring hope and positivity to the HCMC Cardiac Floor.
On September 10, 2015, they unveiled their Hope and Healing Canvas Wall. With bright designs and inspirational quotes, the mural provides joy for patients facing heart surgery.
“The whole purpose and intent of our Silver Award is to uplift the minds and hearts of patients, their families, and the physicians, nurses, and staff who care for them,” says Soronny.
Their mural was a huge undertaking. The Hope and Healing Canvas Wall measures an astonishing 35-feet wide and 7-feet tall. It displays 26 canvases with inspirational messages and over 250 small handprint canvases made by the students of Primrose School of West Plymouth.
“The brightly colored handprint canvases embody the design of our project, which came about naturally with our love of the colors of the rainbow,” explains Lexi, who led the mural’s design concepts.
It was a yearlong mission from conceptualization to completion. Collectively, the girls invested over 600 hours and $2,300 of their cookie fundraising money on the project. During the process, the girls developed their skills in community outreach, budgeting, and website and blog management. They also collaborated with several community partners to work ensure the sustainability of the project.
“Anyone who sees the mural can’t help but to be profoundly touched by it,” says their Troop Leader Audrey Fresh.