Motorbike journey in Washington Twp. man’s reminiscence will elevate cash to assist scleroderma victims

In less than two years Kody Churma went from a healthy young man to one who couldn’t hold a fishing rod and couldn’t draw because he couldn’t hold a pencil.

Kody died of complications related to scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that attacks skin tissues and can damage internal organs.

He started before he died in 2018 at the age of 26 Scler Churma, a non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness and educate others about the disease.

After three years of annual events and working through the charity approval process, the group is preparing for their fourth annual fundraiser, which will take the form of a motorcycle ride through Alle Kiski Valley on July 31st.

“We usually do this on Kody’s birthday in November, but we’re moving to Florida and have asked several people about a motorcycle ride over the years,” said Kody’s mother, Laurie Churma, of Washington Township.

The first two fundraisers took place at the Shootin ‘Bull Tavern on Route 380, a popular spot for motorcyclists.

“You were so great to Kody and didn’t feel uncomfortable when his illness really started rolling,” Churma said. “We are forever grateful that you were so wonderful.”

The fundraising drives, including a virtual version during the 2020 pandemic, raised about $ 30,000. Churma said they are working with support groups to screen and identify candidates who they can provide articles that are easier to use for scleroderma sufferers.

“Because we’re a small group, we start with things like glasses, toothbrushes, smaller items that are easier for people with this disease to hold,” she said.

The Kickstands Up for Kody ride starts at 11 a.m. from Shootin ‘Bull and stops en route at Barefoot Bar & Grill in Leechburg, Cool Water Saloon in Apollo and Woodpeckers Pub & Grub in New Kensington.

Registration starts at 10 a.m. and costs $ 20 for a single driver or $ 25 for a driver and passenger.

The Shootin ‘Bull is located at 508 Route 380 in Washington Township, on the Murrysville border.

Further information or online registration can be found at

Patrick Varine is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, or via Twitter .

Overview: A showdown on the border in ‘No Man’s Land’ | Leisure

It’s a good attitude because Jackson is the son supposed to get out. He was enlisted to play minor league baseball in New York. His father is willing to take the blame, but Ramirez (George Lopez), the Texas Ranger who stumbled upon the scene and also somehow doesn’t speak Spanish, suspects the cover-up. When he tries to arrest him, Jackson and his horse Sundance flee across the Rio Grande.

For a kid who grew up on a small ranch, Jackson is shockingly unable to survive, drink standing water, trust anyone he meets, and sleep in random barns along the way. It’s also a little hard to believe that he hasn’t even learned a word of Spanish in his 20 years, but maybe the filmmakers are just trying to work out the point of intolerance.

On his trip to nowhere, Jackson gets plenty of charity from strangers, including a wealthy rancher with a stunning daughter (Esmeralda Pimentel) who made him stay and work for a while. And he begins to understand that his neighbors across the border are also people and not harassment, chasing away with guns and hatred. Oh, and he’s also hunted by Gustavo and a local tough Luis (Andres Delgado).

“No Man’s Land” was written by Allyn and directed by his brother Conor. The Texas-born siblings wanted to make a film about hope even when “the world is growing apart” and “xenophobia and prejudice abound,” the director wrote in a statement. “No Man’s Land” is less about vengeance than empathy and atonement, but I’m not sure Jackson was the best focus. He’s a good looking kid who has a lot to learn, but also a little stupid and boring. He is neither a hero nor an antihero, he is just a victim of the increasingly improbable and sometimes downright silly conspiracy.