'Light the Night' to honor San Antonio police detective who passed away from cancer

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Roland Perez SAPD (Family photo)

Local families will "light the night" on Saturday when they walk to celebrate, honor and remember those touched by cancer.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society puts on the "Light the Night" event in dozens of cities across the country. In San Antonio, the event is set for Saturday, October 13 at 6 p.m. at Hemisfair Park.

The San Antonio Police Department will walk this year in honor of Detective Roland Perez, who passed away in August. He was diagnosed with Leukemia in October of 2017 following a diagnosis of throat cancer in 2014.

"He was a family man, really, he always cared about the community as well," says daughter Desiree.

"It's hard to see somebody go through those kind of challenges," she says of her father's fight. "He didn't deserve it."

At Saturday's walk, Perez's former colleagues will walk in his honor to raise money for cancer research.

"It's just important to bring awareness, especially as a department of our size," says San Antonio Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Ramos.

"We wish, obviously, that my dad was still here and that there could have been a cure, but that's why we have to fight for those that can't fight for themselves," said Desiree.