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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -
When it comes to watching a loved one's memory fade, it's never easy.
Andrea Dellit was living in Virginia when her grandfather started to show signs of dementia.
"It's got to be one of the most heart breaking things that a family can go though, especially someone that was the center of your family like he was," Dellit said.
Seeing the struggles her family was going through, and a new job offer, made her decide to return home to Iowa.
"So when we got back here I kind of got acclimated to what was going on and kind of what they were going through," Dellit said. "I didn't know what to do either."
So in 2009 Dellit walked through the doors of the Alzheimer's Association in Cedar Falls, and six years later she's still there making a difference.
After taking part in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's with her family for three years, Dellit took over the walk's chair position in 2012.
Her grandfather, Jack died last summer, the memory of him is able to live on through the walk.
"We did it in his honor while he was alive and I just don't want people to suffer kind of in silence the way that our family did very early on in this process," Dellit said.
Dellit's kindness goes beyond the walk. She continues to look for ways to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer's research.
"She's always willing to help somebody out, a complete stranger, if they need help, she's going to be there to help them," Chris Hofeldt, the Community Outreach Coordinator of East Central Iowa's Alzheimer's Association said.
"Why go through this alone when you don't have to, why not use the tools that are out there?" Dellit said. "People just don't know, and I just really want people to know they don't have to be alone."
This year's Walk to End Alzheimer's is scheduled for Sept. 26. It will begin at 10 a.m. at the Waterloo RiverLoop Amphitheater.