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Cowboys Ride To Raise Awareness Of Crohn's Disease

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Two Washington cousins are riding from Gardiner, Montana to Bellingham, Washington all with one goal: to find relief for people suffering from Crohn's disease.

1,300 miles and 105 days, all on horseback. That's what cousins, Nick Roach and Jack Chambers, hope it takes to raise $100,000 to find relief for those with Crohn's disease, a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive track, which can lead to abdominal pain, and even malnutrition.

"It's a disease that's hitting close to home, and it affects a lot of people, and it seems like the right thing to do," said Cowboys vs. Crohn's Co-founder, Jack Chambers.

With about 340 miles down, Roach and Chambers, along with their pack of horses, stopped in Frenchtown Tuesday after a few nights in Missoula.

"The trip has been very interesting," Roach said. "The days can get long, when riding eight to 10 hours a day."

Roach and Chambers worked on a ranch in Gardiner through their college years. There, they decided they would take one big trip to cross off their bucket lists. After some planning and research, the cousins decided to pack from Gardiner to Bellingham, Washington.

"Originally it was going to be a trip for an adventure, but then we decided to have a cause," Chambers said. "I was diagnosed with Crohn's at 11-years-old, and two of my cousins were after that."

"Jack's one of my best friends, he has Crohn's, and my roommate from college has Crohn's, and his brother, and six of our other relatives."

Witnessing the affects of the disease firsthand, the two founded their cause "Cowboys vs. Crohn's".

"I've been really lucky, but a lot of patients out there are really struggling," Chambers said.

These cowboys say they hope riding across the region raises awareness of the disease.

"My whole goal for it is to show people I have Crohn's disease, and can do something for my life, you know, it doesn't hinder me," Chambers said.

The cousins hope to be in Washington by August 8.

So far, they have raised more than $25,000.

To find out how you can make a donation, and to follow the cousins' journey, just visit Cowboys vs. Crohn's.

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