Gonzaga Alumni take to horseback for good cause




Posted on August 11, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Updated Sunday, Aug 11 at 7:41 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Two Gonzaga University graduates are riding for a cause. 

The two cousins, Nick Roach and Jack Chambers, are riding their horses from Gardiner, Montana to Bellingham, Washington to raise money for Crohn’s disease.  On Saturday, Nick and Jack had already ridden 550 miles since the start of their journey.

“We wanted to do something unforgettable,” Nick said.  “We thought it was time to do something we can tell our kids about.”

The ride raises money for Crohn’s disease.  For Jack Chambers, the cause hits home.  A few of his family members have been diagnosed with the disease.  Jack, himself, was diagnosed with Crohn’s when he was 11 years old. 

“It hit my family hard, so we thought it was a good cause to support,” said Chambers.

Nick and Jack, along with their six horses, have raised more than $25,000 so far through their website, “Cowboys vs. Crohn’s.” http://cowboysvscrohns.com/

“This ride’s been incredible,” Jack added.  The support in each town has been amazing and the hospitality of everyone we met has been great.”

 Nick and Jack had just over 700 miles to go.

"This ride is about Crohn’s disease and inspiring you to overcome obstacles, but it’s not just about that,” Nick said.  “It’s about inspiring anyone to do something they’ve dreamed of doing.”

The two men planned on stopping at their alma mater, Gonzaga University, on their way out of town Monday.