BOSTON -- None of the members of the Oakland A's organization who visited Boston Marathon bombing victim Aaron Hern on Monday are trained in medicine.

All came away from the noontime meeting, however, saying they believe Hern and his family are more than up to the challenges that await the 11-year-old from Martinez who has already undergone three surgeries.

"It was an amazing experience," said first baseman Brandon Moss, who spent about two hours with Hern at Boston Children's Hospital. "The entire family is looking this thing in the face and they are looking ahead, not back. I left there believing that Aaron has a great background and a great future. If any kid can be prepared for going forward from this, he is."

In this photo provided by the Hern family, Oakland Athletics baseball players Josh Reddick, left, Brandon Moss, top center, and first base coach Tye
In this photo provided by the Hern family, Oakland Athletics baseball players Josh Reddick, left, Brandon Moss, top center, and first base coach Tye Waller, right, visit with Aaron Hern, 11, from Martinez, Calif., at Boston Children's Hospital, Monday, April 22, 2013, in Boston. Hern's left leg was hit by shrapnel in the bombings at the Boston Marathon last week. Moss and Reddick, both former players for the Boston Red Sox, spent time at the hospital visiting Aaron while in town for a three-game series. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Hern Family)

Moss visited Hern with A's outfielder Josh Reddick and first base coach Tye Waller.

Hern is an athlete and something of an A's fan. Waller said he learned Aaron had already run the mile in under six minutes.

"He's definitely into sports," Waller said. "He can play, and he said he watched some of our series with Houston before all this happened. I came out of there with the sense that he'll be OK.

"I told them they made my day, and they really did. Knowing that he's going to be OK after all the surgeries made us feel good. I think we came out of there with them making us feel better rather than the other way around. I guarantee you that family will be OK."

Hern's mother, Katherine, ran in the Boston Marathon. His father, Alan, and the rest of the family, including 10-year-old sister Abby, were there as part of her support group. All were in the general area of the finish line when the bombs went off. Aaron, standing near a friend, was near the site of the second bomb.

"I think we were there to help him forget," Reddick said. "He had a big smile and to see his face light up when we got there was just tremendous.

"By the time we left, I felt I got more out of it than he did. What happened really put things in perspective."

The A's team bus went right past the memorial set up to remember the bombing victims on the way from Logan Airport to the hotel Sunday night.

"It was a pretty eerie feeling driving up and seeing Boylston Street still closed," manager Bob Melvin said. "You can only imagine what it was like.

"I talked to Moss some after the visit this afternoon, and you could tell he was very glad he went. It's the perspective you get. It makes baseball pretty insignificant."

The A's are hoping to honor Hern and his family at the Coliseum later this summer for a game.

A fund has been set up for donations to the family to help them defray costs. The Aaron Hern Recovery Fund will take donations at any Wells Fargo Bank nationwide.