TRMC honors new Eagle Scout
Published 4:00 am Friday, October 30, 2015
Julian Graham earned his Eagle Scout badge Thursday after completing his Eagle Scout project at Troy Regional Medical Center.
Graham worked to redo the waiting room for the Intensive Care Unit by raising funds to purchase new furniture, building a bookshelf and painting the walls.
“When Julian decided he was going to do his Eagle project, he said he really wanted to do something at the hospital,” said Cheryl Purvis, Troop 41 committee member and Graham’s mentor for the project. “He took it from there. All I did was push a little. I’m very proud of him.”
Teresa Grimes, TRMC CEO, presented Graham a plaque, thanking and honoring him for his work.
“He came, he was well-prepared, he was professional, and he made the Eagles proud,” Grimes said. “It was such an honor to work with Julian. He made me proud, and he made me realize how he has a heart for people.”
Graham explained that once he started working on the room, he wanted to add a bookshelf to give the families using the room something to do while they wait.
“I built it so people could spend their time diligently while in the waiting room,” Graham said.
Graham entered Boy Scouts in the first grade when he was 6 years old. Throughout the years, he has earned 44 badges.
Jerry Freyburg, executive director of Boy Scouts of America, attended the program, wanting to present his own gift to Julian.
“These Eagle Scout service projects that they do is a lesson in figuring out what the needs are of the community and how they can give back,” Freyburg said. “It helps the scouts understand the needs of the community and how they can give back.
Freyburg gave Graham an uncalibrated 1971 silver dollar to help him remember the event.
“I’m proud that I did this and that I finished,” Graham said. “Now I can go on to live my life as an Eagle Scout.”