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A True Champ in the City of Champions

Hoppin' on the Kangaroo ride at Kennywood.

“ Watching his wish unfold in black-and-gold was exactly what Quinn needed to find faith in a better tomorrow. ”

This Watsontown, Pa., kid is as strong as steel! Between doctors’ visits, treatment and medications, five-year-old Quinn has shown relentless bravery during his battle with leukemia. With the support of Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Quinn was granted his wish to build golden memories in the city of bridges.

When Quinn and his family arrived in Pittsburgh, they were welcomed at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, located across the bridge from the Golden Triangle of Downtown Pittsburgh. In Station Square, they visited stylish shops, renowned restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. Being only short walk away from their hotel, Quinn and his family visited one of the most popular attractions in the ‘Burgh: the Monongahela Incline and Mt. Washington city skyline. Built in 1870, this illustrious incline was the perfect trip back in time for a historical journey and panoramic picture of Pittsburgh.

While in town, Quinn and his family also had the opportunity to visit other luring, local attractions. At the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Quinn had a roaring time seeing the different collections of artifacts throughout the history of life. His favorite was the Jurassic dinosaur exhibit which holds the world’s largest collection from that time period. He even had the chance to take the role of a paleontologist by digging for fossils in the Bonehunters Quarry. Quinn lived in the moment, yet uncovered mysteries of history.

Quinn and his family also strapped in for some excitement at Kennywood, one of the oldest and most beloved amusement parks in America. They had a tremendous time exploring the over-century old amusement park and all of the charms that were founded with it. Quinn traveled back to the early days while riding the classic carousel in addition to enjoying the modern makes of steel rollercoasters. When they took a break from riding, Quinn and his family made sure to grab some of the well-known grub of the park: Potato Patch Fries, Golden Nugget dipped ice-cream cones and funnel cakes. Quinn was familiar with the ups and downs he faced on a daily basis, but here, they were nothing but a riveting rollercoaster ride.

Following his few free days, Quinn and his family set out for some untamable fun at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. He had the chance to get up close and personal with some of his favorite furry friends.  This Pittsburgh Zoo is home to a diverse group of animals, including displays in the African Savanna, Asian Forest, Tropical Forest, Water’s Edge and more. While Quinn roamed the extraordinary 77-acre facility, each exhibit was as exciting as the next.

For Quinn and his family, watching his wish unfold in black-and-gold was exactly what they needed to find faith in a better tomorrow. Although Quinn has faced many trying times with his leukemia diagnosis, he has never failed to stand tall and strong. Quinn was ultimately the true champ in the City of Champions!

  • Kennywood memories

  • Where the buffalo roam...

  • Dinosaur exhibit at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

  • Eagles nest play area at the museum.

  • Run at the Carnegie Museum

  • Great views from Mt. Washington

  • Quinn gets up close to a stingray at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

  • A T-rex invades Pittsburgh.

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