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Pretty in Pink (and purple) at the Bizzie Lizzie Fun Run

Runners commemorate spirit of little girl at township fundraiser.

There were runners in tutus and pink fairy wings Saturday at the  where more than 1,500 people turned out at the  to run and enjoy the sunny but cold weather.

Police directed traffic with purple wands and volunteers from the Parsippany Moms Club West, who ran the event, wore pink sequined cowboy hats. There was "Bizzie's Beauty Parlor,'' where c painted children's faces,  did  "crazy hair'' and sold pink accessories in honor of Elizabeth "Bizzie'' Stein, the township toddler who died in January of a brain tumor.

The daughter of Joe and Amy Stein, s.

The fundraiser was to offset the expenses surrounding her treatment, from the high cost of commuting to Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in Manhattan every day, to medical copays and the loss of income incurred from the Steins having to cut back on work.

More than 700 runners participated in the races, including the children's run. Others attended to watch or participate in sideline activities.

"It makes you proud to be  a part of Parsippany,'' said organizer Amy Lamperti (and also Parsippany Patch's' columnist). "In all honesty, from the moment I went to get the permits at town hall and hire the police for the event, everyone was aware of Bizzie. For so many people to come out is above and beyond what would happen in other towns, I think.  Parsippany gets some knocks for not having a town center, but who needs one when you have a crowd like this?''

Mayor James Barberio, whose ten-year-old brother died of a brain tumor when the mayor was a child, said he was also there to support the Steins, adding, "This is a beautiful thing in Parsippany.'' 

Bizzie Stein's grandfather, Bill Monti, handed out trophies to winners, telling the crowd, "Our hearts have been warmed by all your love and support.''

of Parsippany was the first woman to cross the finish line, with a time of 22 minutes and 15 seconds,  and Drew Reinhards, a 17-year-old, from Greendell was the first man, finishing in 17 minutes and 59 seconds.

Amy Lamperti March 27, 2011 at 03:32 PM
great photos!
Kimberly Kirstein March 27, 2011 at 04:10 PM
This was such an amazing event to participate in and in honor of an incredibly amazing family. Kudos to everyone who made it possible. This is a perfect expression of why Parsippany is an incredible place to live!
ALLISON ORR March 31, 2011 at 02:22 AM
I'm thrilled that "you" stated Drew's age and not mine.

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