Molly Look full of smiles

Saturday's fundraiser brightens toddler, family spirit

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Molly Look, right, gets her face painted by Watoosie the Clown at a fundraiser for Molly's medical expenses held at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

— Molly Look's hair is a little shorter and she still has a few bandages protecting her small hands, but her electrifying and infectious smile did not waver as she walked into a fundraiser benefiting her and her family Saturday night.

"It's great for me to see her do this," said Yvette Look, Molly's mother. "She has gotten to the point where she tells me she doesn't want to play with me anymore, that she wants to play with her friends."

Molly Look, 3, had plenty of opportunity to play with some old and new friends Saturday night at a fundraiser that was held at the Perry Mansfield Pavilion to raise money for her extensive medical bills.

Look, is still recovering from frostbite after spending about 30 minutes outside in subzero temperatures Jan. 17. She was wearing only a long-sleeved shirt, and was found sitting in a snowbank by passing motorist Kathleen Fitzsimmons, who was honored Saturday by the Routt County Sheriff's Office for her heroic efforts.

Sheriff Gary Wall presented Fitzsimmons a heroine award for her "presence of mind" to pick Molly up and take her to the hospital, saving Molly's life.

The plaque read: "The Routt County Sheriff's Office, Molly Look and her family, and out entire community gratefully acknowledge that the actions of Kathleen Fitzsimmons saved the life of one of our precious children. We can never thank you enough."

Yvette and Del Look, who both attended Saturday's fundraiser along with Molly and their two other daughters, Lexy, 11, and Kady, 8, expressed the same gratitude, not only to Fitzsimmons, but to the entire community, which has held their hands during the months of recovery Molly has undergone.

"The love and support we have received from this community is overwhelming," Yvette Look said. "It's overwhelming. Steamboat is notorious for rallying around their own. It just seems that 'thank you' is not enough. It does not seem to be enough."

Yvette said the family has been living day by day and is hopeful Molly is healing, not only physically, but also emotionally and mentally.

"We've been very quiet and private about the experience because it has been very painful for her, for our girls and for us," she said. "The first few weeks, we spent every moment rocking (Molly) or just lying next to her."

Now, more than two months after the incident, Molly has been visiting friends and her school, doing back flips off furniture and is learning to deal with the loss of some of her fingers, Yvette said.

"The biggest thing for us is to have Molly hear how beautiful her fingers and toes are every day," she said. "For the rest of her life, anything she wants to do, we will do everything we can to make that happen."

Molly Look will continue to undergo surgery to help save and heal her hands and feet, Yvette said.

A previous event raised more than $20,000 for the Look's medical expenses because the family does not have health insurance. Event organizers were hopeful Saturday's benefit raised even more than that.

-To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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