Grassroots Nonprofit Bridges Gaps In Caring For Burn Survivors

The Moonlight Fund, founded in 1998 with the purpose of providing services to burn victims and their families, was started by fellow burn survivors, Henry Coffeen lll and Celia Belt.

Their organization was established during the first Gulf war, where they quickly realized the need to expand their efforts to include all those military injuries that were caused by blasts.  Many, of which, resulted in amputations.

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For the past 18 years, Moonlight Fund has helped nearly 500 people each year in Texas alone.  They’ve received calls from across the U.S. from both civilian and military survivors in need of help: providing emotional, financial and in-kind assistance from the onset of the injury, through rehabilitation and into their new lives.

Moonlight Fund also offers healing retreats.  Held in the peaceful surroundings of the Texas Hill Country, these retreats provide a safe place for survivors to enjoy their family and speak openly about their struggles.   With specially designed activities, attendees are afforded opportunities to make new friends dealing with many of the same issues.

In 2012 Moonlight Fund was chosen as the top non-profit in the country by the Fisher House / Newman’s Own Foundation. Specifically because of their retreat program and their ability to offer numerous services and programs with low overhead, and at no cost to those they serve.

The Moonlight Fund has received many awards over the past 18 years, but it’s their care of others they’re most proud of.

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To learn more about Moonlight Fund, or to get involved please visit their site –


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