Where it all began

Celia Belt, Founder

It was in December of 1964, that I, being an active and “helpful “ twenty-one month old, decided to help my parents out with delivering my infant brother’s recently warmed bottle. My efforts resulted in 34% of my body being burned, second and third degree, by scalding water. My parents immediately rushed me to the emergency room, where I was treated and sent home, only to return days later with severe infections, including pneumonia. I was hospitalized, specialists were consulted, surgery dates set, and thus began my long journey. The following twenty years were filled with surgeries, treatments, casts, and pain.

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 Bernstein Young
and the Brooke Army Medical Center burn unit.

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