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#ColoradoStrong: The person who made Dylan Redwine a household name

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BAYFIELD - The investigation in to who killed Dylan Redwine last November is about enter its 14th month. Few new leads have been presented to police. Despite any new evidence, Dylan's name continues to ring not only in Colorado, but across the nation.

The 13-year-old boy became a household name because of the efforts of one woman who created a massive social media push to help find him.

"My panic mode is to get in to gear and make stuff happen," said Denise Hess.

Hess, better known as 'Katt' to her friends, has been a close companion of Dylan's mother Elaine for about a decade. When Dylan disappeared, Hess jumped right in to help get the word out about the then missing boy.

It started with a poster, and then turned in to a Facebook page. Within one month 800,000 people from around the world were looking for updates on Dylan per day.

"It restored my faith in humanity a bit to see people respond," Hess said.

Then with Dylan's passing, the effort evolved: from hope to justice. The two main people pushing for it were Dylan's mother and Hess.

It was at Dylan's memorial, where people who knew Hess, but hadn't seen her in months noticed something different.

"I didn't realize I was sick until about April," Hess said.

Hess had a new battle to fight, this time with stage 4 colorectal cancer.

"It's been a battle, it's been a struggle," Hess added.

Hess's story touched the lives of complete strangers, just like Dylan's did. From it a Facebook page dedicated to Denise's recovery was born.

"It's so heartwarming for me on my bad days to go to the page and see people I don't even know," Hess said.

Life is uncertain, filled with so many twists and turns. Where it ends, no one really knows... But with heart and hope, the journey along the way can shine brighter... With the help of people who just plain care.

To follow the Facebook page dedicated to Hess's recovery, follow this link:

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