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Bandera, TX – Celia L. Belt is the founder of Moonlight Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to burn survivors and the largest in the United States.
“Moonlight Fund was established because there was not enough support for the survivor or their families,” says Celia. “It is our goal to provide whatever we can to make life better for these people.
Celia herself is a survivor, having been burned when she was only 21 months of age and has undergone more than 30 plus surgeries in the 50 years since.
She was inspired to launch Moonlight Fund after her experience as a volunteer in a burn unit.
“These people were going home to no help,” she recalls. “Something had to be done. So today, I bust my butt writing grants seven days a week, but we've helped more than 12,000 people.”
Twenty-two years later, Moonlight Fund is still helping people 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Most civilian burn survivors are demographically low income,” says Celia. “There is a real need. Our soldiers are everywhere incurring burns and brain injuries. Of course, kids love to play with fire so unfortunately burns are always a risk, but we can do a better job educating because these injuries are very real.”
Celia is the author of Remarkably Intact, which she describes as “not an autobiography or memoir, but one woman’s blueprint for surviving, overcoming, and excelling despite incredible odds.”
“The book has a powerful, strong message I believe people need to hear,” says Celia.
For more information visit www.celiabelt.com and www.moonlightfund.org