14-year-old Boy Scout to create bereavement garden for hospital in Murrieta

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The future site for Rancho Springs Medical Center’s Bereavement Garden will be built through Mark Nelson’s Eagle Scout projects. Valley News/Lexington Howe photos
For brothers Mark and James Nelson, becoming an Eagle Scout requires tackling a project that benefits the communities around them and is personally important to themselves. Fourteen-year-old Mark Nelson, who has been in the Boy Scouts of America program since he was 8 years old, was approached by Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta to create a bereavement garden for grieving mothers who have lost their babies. James Nelson, 16, who recently became an Eagle Scout, went with his brother to Balboa Park to speak to some specialists regarding flowers and gardens there onsite to get a better idea of the project they’d be undertaking. “It’s a great cause because they deliver around 200 babies every month,” James Nelson said of Rancho Springs Medical Center. “Not every baby m
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