IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani is partnering with Pfizer Canada (distributor of the EpiPen) to promote food allergy awareness and support the education organization Anaphylaxis Canada.
The initiative is being called “The Summer of TAG” – a nod to the Montreal native’s racing nickname. Various events are planned:
‚Ä¢ Tagliani will be speaking at schools in Toronto and Montreal in early May about his own experience with food allergies, as well as the importance of vigilance for anyone living at risk for anaphylaxis.
‚Ä¢ You can also take part in a contest to create a design for Tagliani’s racing helmet, which he will wear during the Toronto Indy, and a special one-on-one race to benefit Anaphylaxis Canada.
The veteran driver is no stranger to anaphylaxis himself:
“As someone with a severe food allergy to peanuts and tree nuts, I can tell you that an anaphylactic reaction is far more frightening than driving a race car at 400 kilometres (250 miles) per hour,” Tagliani said in a press release, “That’s why I always carry my EpiPen with me, wherever I go.”