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May 2019

Celia Belt of the Moonlight Fund Inc, won the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award for the TX DAR. Twin Creeks Chapter, NSDAR, Dottie Wainwright Regent (Nominating Chapter) is so very proud of Celia. Her lifetime of devoted work with burn victims makes her absolutely deserving of this award! With Celia Belt, Kathy Hanlon, and Dottie Wainwright

Posted by Denise Thomas Bennett on Sunday, April 29, 2018

CELIA BELT IS AWARDED THE 2018 DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN AWARD FROM THE TEXAS DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION TWIN CREEKS CHAPTER, NSDAR

 

 

April 2019

The Profound Connection Between Poverty and Burn Injuries

Late one night in December of 2000, I found myself driving home from another long day of volunteering on the burn unit. It wasn’t much different from any other day; I’d been volunteering for nearly three years and it had become a second home to me. I’d spent time in several patients’ rooms and in the waiting rooms with their families, offering emotional care and an ear to listen. I was quite accustomed to the sights, sounds, and smells that exist on the burn unit. After all, I myself had spent much of my childhood on many a burn unit. I also spent a good deal of time with the case workers and staff offering my assistance—not just my emotional assistance, but also financial assistance. That included exchanging ideas for ongoing patient care and making one phone call after another to rehabilitation facilities in a desperate attempt to find scholarship beds for those soon leaving the burn unit or negotiating with compression garment companies on the extremely high cost of their wound garments for our patients.

The effects on these damaged souls, both physically and physiologically will take years, and for many, there will be no healing. There is also the issue of insurance, the fact that a substantial number of them are under-insured or have no insurance at all. Many lack a supportive family or close-knit group of friends to aid in their road to recovery. Those unfortunate enough to sustain these life-changing injuries find themselves on burn units, suffering the most horrific of injuries and enduring pain that is beyond description. Their bills frequently fall to the general public to bear, and when they are released, most will never receive the ongoing rehabilitative care they so desperately need to return to some form of a normal life, to say nothing of the counseling support both they and their families need. Their return home is bleak, and they may find themselves unable to work, and some have lost their homes and all they own in the accident. Families find it difficult to adjust, and many experience domestic violence, divorce, and depression. Some, sadly, resort to suicide.

I began my volunteer work on the burn unit in early 1998 and within months of my volunteering I co-founded Moonlight Fund, a nonprofit for burn survivors. I had no choice, as I saw firsthand the multitude of burn patients that so desperately were in need of support. I searched the country for nonprofit and government support and found little-to-none. Burn injuries are considered “taboo” in our society and even today, there remains little support. These disfiguring injuries remain a demographic issue and it is not an easy task to raise funds for this group of disabled individuals. I have found myself competing for grants against fellow nonprofits that care for pets, children and more, let’s say “friendly” groups. I must fight tooth and nail to convey to people that this is a real need. There are more than 500,000 burn injuries in the U.S. each year. You may have some living among you, yet you may never notice them. Burn survivors tend to isolate, shopping at late night venues that offer safety from the harmful rays of the sun and the prying eyes of others; simply put, they find safety in the Moonlight.

Not until the war began producing large numbers of burn injuries, did our nation begin seeing burn survivors as warriors. Our burned military members were more comfortable going out in public and I hoped the tide was turning for all. This group of burn survivors was receiving the type of medical and psychological care needed to heal, and that provided the confidence they needed to be more visible and return to a more normal life. Our country ensured that they received the best of care and it became even more heartbreaking to see that our civilians had no access to such fine care. As those days have now passed, I see a return to times of the past, and once again, I see very little in the way of care and services for burn survivors. I pray each day that it does not take another war to open people’s eyes to the very real needs of burn survivors. They are people, they have families, lives, pets, hobbies, hopes, and ambitions, just as we all do. Perhaps you can remember that one time in your life when you had that one real bad break. Well, my friends, I am dealing with thousands of people who have had more than one bad break.

Yahoo! Lifestylehttps://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/common-thread-between-burn-injuries-222753974.html

 The Mightyhttps://themighty.com/2019/04/burn-injuries-poverty/

Burn News Headlines (American Burn Association)http://www.multibriefs.com/briefs/ameriburn/AMERIBURN032219.php

The Good Men Projecthttps://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/the-profound-connection-between-poverty-and-burn-injuries-wcz/

Turnkey Web Publishinghttps://blognews.turnkeywebpublishing.com/the-profound-connection-between-poverty-and-burn-injuries/ [link to Young Upstarts post]

Young Upstartshttp://www.youngupstarts.com/2019/03/26/the-profound-connection-between-poverty-and-burn-injuries/

Train It Righthttp://www.trainitright.com/the-profound-connection-between-poverty-and-burn-injuries-by-celia-belt/

Lady Boss Bloggerhttps://ladybossblogger.com/celia-belt-helps-burn-survivors-and-their-families-recover/

The Native Influencehttps://thenativeinfluence.com/contributor/celia-belt/view/

Pinteresthttps://in.pinterest.com/pin/812477589005975912/?lp=true

Start Up Roarhttps://www.startuproar.com/1998/ [link to Young Upstarts post]

Kopi Tiau:  https://www.kopiriau.com/kopi/The-Common-Thread-Between-Burn-Injuries-and-Poverty/

March 2019

Trailer for Remarkably Intact by Celia Belt

 

Celia Belt’s REMARKABLY INTACT is a true tale of survival, strength, and sacrifice. It is a story of a woman who refused to let her physical and emotional injuries dictate her life. This unexpected guide to life is a blueprint drawn from Celia’s own incredible struggles as a burn survivor, business professional, charity leader, author, and public speaker. The founder of Moonlight Fund, a non-profit that has helped more than 12,000 burn survivors, Celia candidly shares her “can-do” attitude and ideology for overcoming the odds. Anyone facing daunting challenges will find REMARKABLY INTACT an indispensable companion and source of heartfelt inspiration.

Learn more at https://remarkablyintact.com/ Purchase the print edition: http://bit.ly/RemarkablyIntactP Purchase the Kindle: http://bit.ly/RemarkablyIntactE “A true tale of learning to rise above the cruelties one suffers and live life to the fullest. Remarkably Intact is inspirational, profoundly moving, and highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review Follow Celia: Twitter: https://twitter.com/CeliaBeltAuthor Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CeliaBelt.Pu… LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/celiabelt/

March 2019

San Diego Woman Magazine- Celia’s article in the POWER WOMAN issue speaks to the challenges she has overcome and why she created her non-profit at www.MoonlightFund.org

www.sdwomanmagazine.com.

January 2019

Upcoming- Summer 2019

Lifetime- My Great Big Live Weddinghttps://www.mylifetime.com/shows/my-great-big-live-wedding-with-david-tutera

Celia will be attending her and Moonlight Fund’s friend, Shilo Harris, retired wounded Soldier and his fiance Jamie as they are featured on Lifetime’s- My Great Big Live Wedding Summer 2019.

Voice of America- Celia’s Interview

 

 The Patricia Raskin Show

 

https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1045/the-patricia-raskin-show

with guest Celia Belt

VoiceAmerica – The Variety Channel 

LIVE on January 7th at 2:30PM ET/11:30AMPT Rebroadcast Saturday January 12th 3:30PMET/noon PT 

Voice America – Health and Wellness Channel

2:30-3:00pm/11:30-12:00pm PT- 

Celia Belt

Survivor Care Tips

Celia Belt is the founder of the award-winning Moonlight Fund Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial and emotional assistance to burn survivors and their families. A burn survivor herself, Celia recognized the need for survivor care. Along with Henry Coffeen III, she started the Texas-based charity in 1998. Since then, the organization has helped nearly 10,000 burn survivors across the United States. Celia will discuss her new book Remarkably Intact, where she passionately describes the challenges of a burn and abuse survivor and provides inspiration for anyone who is struggling with their own difficult path. More about Celia Belt

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December 2018

LA Story Article

Celia’s article published in the LA Story

The Burning Question: Who Will Foot the Bill for America’s Increasing Burn-Care Costs? Guest Expert Post!

A true tale of survival, strength, and sacrifice. And it’s a story of a woman who refused to let her physical and emotional injuries dictate her life.

Anyone facing daunting hurdles will find Remarkably Intact an indispensable companion and source of heartfelt inspiration.

In Remarkably Intact, Celia shares her story – a true tale of learning to rise above the cruelties one suffers and live life to the fullest. Remarkably Intact is inspirational, profoundly moving, and highly recommended.

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April 26, 2018 

Celia Belt Awarded DAR “Distinguished Citizen Medal”

Moonlight Fund founder, Celia Belt, was awarded the Daughters of the Republic of Texas’ “Distinguished Citizen Medal” earlier this month for her service to the military burn survivor community.

February 12, 2018 

Meet Your Mentor; Bizwomen Mentoring Monday

This one-of-a-kind event brings together women in a casual, fast-paced coaching atmosphere. The event will offer the opportunity to choose from 40 mentors who are the most influential women in the business community for one-on-one coaching sessions for seven minute conversations.

August 30, 2016 

Public Speaker and Moonlight Fund Co-Founder Celia Belt Presented with the “Woman In Leadership” Award During San Antonio Business Journal’s Annual Women’s Leadership Awards Luncheon

Public speaker and Moonlight Fund director Celia Belt was one of fifteen San Antonio women leaders recognized during the Annual Women’s Leadership Awards hosted by the San Antonio Business Journal August 25th at the Sonterra Club in San Antonio, Texas.

August 26, 2016 

WLA Winner Talks About Earning Her ‘Survival Chip’

2016 Winner Celia Belt believes that you measure success by every life you touch.

July 18, 2016 

SABJ’s 2016 Women’s Leadership Awards Winners Announced

The Business Journal each year recognizes women who are agents of positive change for their companies or organizations, as well as their community, and who inspire others to be like them.

September 10, 2012 

Moonlight Fund Receives Highest Honor and a $25,000 Award at 2012 Newman’s Own/Fisher House Awards at the Pentagon

Celia Belt received the Fisher House / Newman’s Own award on behalf of the Moonlight Fund in recognition of the charity’s healing retreats and the positive impact they have had on injured service members and their families.

September 03, 2012 

Meet Your Mentor; Bizwomen Mentoring Monday

Celia Belt is the co-founder of the Moonlight Fund Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial, emotional and in-kind assistance to burn and blast survivors and their families. A burn survivor herself, Celia noticed the need for care and support for burn survivors throughout the country, and, along with Henry Coffeen III, she started the charity in 1998 in San Antonio, Texas.

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celia belt posing for her business journal award
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Inspirational Speeches That Bring Joy and Clarity to the
Most Challenging of Times.

https://www.amazon.com/Remarkably-Intact-Angels-Strangers-Chains/dp/173210400X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538270620&sr=8-1&keywords=celia+beltsacrifice.

The Midwest Book Review

http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/dec_18.htm#rc

December 2018

Reviewer’s Choice

Remarkably Intact

Celia Belt

Broer Books

 

9781732104006 $18.95 pbk amazon.com

 

A true tale of survival, strength, and sacrifice. And it’s a story of a woman who refused to let her physical and emotional injuries dictate her life.

Anyone facing daunting hurdles will find Remarkably Intact an indispensable companion and source of heartfelt inspiration.

In Remarkably Intact, Celia shares her story – a true tale of learning to rise above the cruelties one suffers and live life to the fullest. Remarkably Intact is inspirational, profoundly moving, and highly recommended.

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