Nearly a decade after he first rode in Pelotonia, an Upper Arlington man who has seen many family members and friends touched by cancer remains an event mainstay because he is determined to defeat the disease.

The way Josh Alderman sees it, the nearly $137 million Pelotonia has raised since it was founded in 2008 is a testament to both the will of the James Cancer Hospital community to cure cancer, as well as the insidious endurance of the disease and its myriad of forms.

That, in addition to the impact cancer has had on many close to him, is why Alderman, 46, is participating in Pelotonia for the ninth time in August.

"The ultimate goal here is by raising funds and awareness, we find a cure," said Alderman, captain of the Diamond Hill Capital Management peloton. "I think it would be really cool if here, in Columbus, Ohio, at the James, we would be able to find a cure for cancer.

"I think that would be pretty amazing."

Alderman will ride 100 miles this year from Columbus to Gambier, and he had raised $11,993 for his peloton as of June 30.

Nine years ago, he got involved in Pelotonia riding as an individual because he thought it was a worthy cause. A year later, he formed Team Diamond Hill Capital Management, and he has captained it ever since.

Although he always has been committed to contributing to the cancer fight, Alderman's cause has been propelled throughout the years by those around him that have fought the disease, he said.

In 2015, things got "super personal," he said, when his mother was diagnosed with bladder cancer.

She survived, but his mother's sister died last year, just a few months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

"While we have made progress, we still have a lot of work to do," Alderman said. "Who you're riding for is always top of mind, but you're always reminded when you're riding in Pelotonia of so many people who come out, who are fighting."

Although Team Diamond Capital Management raised more $250,000 since it was established, Alderman said he isn't satisfied.

He said he intends to keep riding and keep trumpeting the need for money to fuel cancer research and find a cure as soon as possible.

"I think our goal has always been to grow our team each year," he said. "We always want to beat our previous year.

"Like a lot of people, I have had a lot of friends and family impacted by cancer. It seems like the easy part is to raise awareness and funds around this fight."

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