Mike Callicotte has been riding in Pelotonia since 2015, and his participation is one element of a broader fundraising effort adopted with enthusiasm by his Domino's Pizza co-workers.

Callicotte, who oversees franchise markets for Domino's, was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2014 and has received his treatment at Ohio State University's James Cancer Hospital, the recipient of cancer-research funds raised by Pelotonia.

"When the local Domino's owners found out I had prostate cancer and was riding in Pelotonia, I was very touched," he said. "They immediately said, 'We want to help to support you.' That's why we formed the peloton team, Domino's for Mike."

His peloton usually has about a dozen riders. This year it will include fellow Domino's employees and his sons, Jordan and Patrick.

Callicotte, 59, of Powell is a fervent supporter of the James, the quality of its care and its research.

"When you go to the James, you definitely feel they try to make you feel as comfortable as possible," he said. "Everyone is extremely friendly and helpful.

"It gives you hope in your battle with this cancer, that you can continue to fight it and win, when you know you're being treated through the James, which is on the forefront of cancer research. It does kind of give you reassurance and confidence, knowing you're getting the latest and best treatment."

This ride is even more meaningful to Callicotte because his daughter -- Lorie Flanagan, a mother of three -- was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma last fall and also is receiving treatment at the James.

She is doing well, and everyone is confident she will reach remission, he said.

Cancer has struck other members of his family.

Callicotte's mother died of leukemia when he was 5 years old.

His father, Jack, has had lung and colon cancer.

His sister, Sandra Brown, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"That's why I'm committed as long as I am healthy to ride in Pelotonia every year," he said.

He noted that 100 percent of Pelotonia donations help fund research at the James, which he calls "a comprehensive cancer center (that) has so many expenses."

The costs associated with staging Pelotonia are covered by sponsors, he said.

In addition to his summer cycling, Callicotte rides exercise bikes during winter cycling classes and ran a half marathon in April with his son, Patrick.

"My belief is if you keep yourself fit and try to eat right, it helps you mentally and physically battle this cancer," he said.