What began as a Girl Scout Gold Award project spanned into several years of volunteer work for senior Madeline Fric. The initial project included a three-piece mural in a hallway leading to the hospital’s playground. The mural was designed in a day-to-night jungle theme, with one wall set in the day time, one set at the sunset, and the other set at night time. The project took the entire summer, with Madeline working usually 5 days a week. By the end of summer 2012, Madeline had spent over 300 hours on the project. The completed work had such an impact on the patients that the hospital staff asked Madeline to come back the next summer to paint a beach theme project in the radiology department to make the x-ray rooms look less intimidating for the younger patients.
For that particular project, Madeline asked SJCS seniors Grace Mosley, Flannery Wood, and Emily Wood to help her paint the first of two x-ray rooms. The first room included a tropical beach setting, including palm trees, surf boards, and a sand castle. Before they could begin their work, the girls were required to apply and be accepted through the hospital’s VolunTeen program. The group then planned and sketched a beach theme for the walls, carefully choosing the placement of objects so that the children would be able to look at the artwork during their x-ray procedures. It took the group about 180 hours to complete the room, primarily painting on weekends when the hospital was closed. More recently, Madeline and Flannery completed the second radiology room which captured a northern beach setting, including sailboats, airplanes, and a lighthouse. Of the project, Madeline concluded, “We have been able to share the gifts God has given us with our community and seeing how our artwork has had such a powerful impact on the patients and staff of Shriner’s Hospital in an incredible feeling”