Parsippany resident Peyton Zitelli was only 20 months old when she was recently diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that forms in muscle tissue.
In February, Peyton's friend and neighbor Matthew Santana, 8, led a fundraising and awareness event in which he and others raised more than $13,000 and shaved their heads to show solidarity with the little girl, who receives weekly chemotherapy treatments at a Philadelphia facility.
Back in March, a call out for volunteer boxers was announced for those who wanted to help Peyton’s cause further in a unique way.
Police Benevolent Association 131 of Parsippany is hosting a charity boxing event on Oct. 19 called Battle of the Badges. The association was looking for amateur boxers from the world of law enforcement to participate and benefit the Prayers and Pledges for Peyton Foundation.
There will be bouts matched by age and weight and will consist of two- to three-minute rounds.
The charity boxing event starts at 7 p.m. at the Parsippany Police Athletic League Building and tickets are on sale now and can be bought at this website.
You can also buy shirts at $12 each in sizes S, M, L, XL and XXL.
Send a check to the Parsippany Police Civic Assoc. and mail them to PBA 131 at P.O. Box 16 Parsippany, N.J. 07054 with a list of the sizes that you would like with a contact number. You can also buy the shirts at the event.
Can’t make the event? You can also make a donation to help by clicking here and clicking the "Donate" widget to the right of the "Likes" box.
For more information, contact Det. Dan Cicala, Parsippany Police PBA Civic Association, at 973-332-8821 or BattleoftheBadges@parpolice.com