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4th Annual ‘Ride & Rally’ Zoo Picnic for Pediatric Burn Center Patients, Families

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Stephanie Stanley

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WHAT: The UPMC Mercy Burn Center will host a picnic for pediatric patients, sponsored by Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club, Station 6, at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Patients and their families will spend the day exploring the zoo on their own, or with staff members of the UPMC Mercy Burn Center. Lunch will be provided at the Village Pavilion for attendees.  


WHY: Burns can be especially difficult for young patients, who face immense physical, emotional and social challenges as they recover and heal. Every year, UPMC Mercy treats hundreds of pediatric burn patients, from infants to teens.




  • Pediatric burn patients and their families
  • Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club Station #6 Members
  • UPMC Mercy Burn Center:
    • Jenny Ziembicki, M.D., medical director
    • Laura Watkinson, R.N., Burn Center Nurse manager
    • Rachael Novak, child life specialist 
    • Burn care staff members

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14


  • 10 a.m., registration
  • 11:45 a.m., check presentation
  • 12 p.m., lunch

WHERE: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, 7370 Baker Street, Pittsburgh, 15206.


Note to Media: To cover this event, pre-arrangements should be made by contacting Stephanie Stanley at 412-586-9762 or


Enter through the Zoo Education Complex located at 1 Wild Place. Zoo representative Gabby Boldizar (Mobile # 412-365-2536) will escort you to the Village Pavilion.