THE WOODLANDS, TX - The Texas Gulf Coast chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will hold their annual Light the Night in The Woodlands on Market Street Oct. 20.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will feature face painting, games, food and more. Last year the event raised $380,000. More than 80 teams have already registered for this year's event. Tina Daugherty, executive coordinator of Interfaith of The Woodlands, said this year's goal is $450,000.

The 2-mile Light the Night in The Woodlands walk will begin at 7:15 p.m. from Lake Robbins Drive, up the Waterway, around the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and back to Market Street.

"It's not a walk for exercise. It's more of a stroll really,"" said Tina Daugherty, executive coordinator of Interfaith of The Woodlands. She began her involvement with Light the Night in 2009 after her daughter Jennifer was diagnosed with leukemia.

After being in remission for two years, her daughter died in 2011. Daugherty continues to raise money and awareness in Jennifer's memory. She said many of the people planning the event share similar stories of loss as their motivation for participating.

With donations for cancer research declining for the last five years, she said events like Light the Night have grown in importance.

The event will also honor Dr. Emil Freireich, a faculty member at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Freireich changed cancer treatment world-wide in 1965 by demonstrating that cancer cells were less resistant to combination of treatments. Previously, doctors would use methods separately.


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