Where it all began

Celia Belt, Founder

“My mission is to let fellow burn survivors know they are not alone. I want to offer a hug, a smile, and a heart that cares. It is crucial to educate the public about the needs of burn survivors and their families as well as the lack of services available to them. We are here to care for burn survivors, their families and those who have lost a loved one to a burn injury.”

celia belt with horse moonlight fund
henry coffeen III pilot and burn survivor, co-founder of moonlight fund

Henry F. Coffeen III,
Co-Founder

On a sunny November afternoon, I finished my pre-flight inspection and hopped into the cockpit of my custom-built EDGE 450 aerobatics monoplane. The sky had never seemed bluer, the hum of the engine as I took off, never sweeter. I headed into an upside-down half outside loop with a two-point roll followed by a snap roll. Sheer exhilaration surged through me as I shot skyward. What was that? A damp and acrid fluid soaked my arms and chest. Fuel! Ruptured fuel tank! As I righted the plane, the cockpit filled with flames.


The Family of Ben Jones,
Co-Founder

On July 28, 2000, Benjamin Scott Jones was injured in a car accident in Caldwell, Texas. He suffered burns over 45% of his body and was air lifted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He lived on the Burn Unit in critical condition for 36 days. On September 1, 2000, he passed away from pneumonia. Ben was 22 years old, a student at the University of Houston and a decorated ROTC Cadet in the University of Houston Cougar Battalion.

Moonlight Fund’s founding efforts were assisted by Ben’s parents, Scott & Doris Jones, and uncle, Chuck Jones.  We are grateful to them for their support of Moonlight Fund.

ben co founder moonlight fund and board memeber

Additional funding provided by Ernst & Young
and the Brooke Army Medical Center burn unit.

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