Pro Mazda Champion Pigot Joins "High Blood Calcium is Bad" Campaign
 March 24, 2015| 
  • Team News
Tampa, Fla. -- Whether it is engine temperatures or fuel remaining, every race car driver will tell you that keeping updated on the car is important. And the same is true for our bodies, particularly when it comes to high blood calcium.

While many are aware of the dangers of high blood pressure or cholesterol counts, fewer know about the risks involved when high blood calcium goes undetected. And that is where Pro Mazda Champion Spencer Pigot comes in as the promising young driver has teamed with Tampa-based Norman Parathyroid Center to help promote the "High blood Calcium is Bad" national campaign and raise awareness of the dangers of high blood calcium.  

The "High Blood Calcium is Bad" campaign was started to increase awareness of the importance of calcium to our overall health, and to help doctors and patients recognize the symptoms of high blood calcium and the dangers if it goes untreated. High blood calcium is not normal and is typically an indicator of a serious medical problem, yet most people with this condition are not aware of it, or how it is affecting their health. Many doctors are not aware that even mild elevations in blood calcium can cause serious health problems.

Every adult should know their blood calcium level - it is more important than your cholesterol number and the most important blood number you should know.  

"Our goal is to get the message of the dangers of high blood calcium to as many people as possible,” stated Dr. Jim Norman, an expert in calcium metabolism and the head of the national campaign. "IndyCar fans are highly educated, motivated and are health conscious, so this important health education program is perfectly placed. Spencer (Pigot) has been to our Parathyroid Center and has seen tumors removed which have caused the high blood calcium and the destruction of people's lives. He will be a great spokesman for this disease and the promotion of good health."

The Norman Parathyroid Center—located in Tampa, Florida—is the world’s leading treatment center for parathyroid tumors, the cause of high blood calcium. Thousands of people from around the world travel to Tampa annually to be cured of high blood calcium.  

Pigot will look to make a big impression this weekend as he makes his first-ever Indy Lights start when the 16-race season opens on the streets of St. Petersburg with a double-header race weekend. 

“I’m really looking forward to getting the season going this weekend in St. Pete and this is a great place for us to be launching this campaign, so close to the Norman Parathyroid Center in Tampa,” said Pigot. “High blood calcium is very serious, but there just isn’t the awareness that there should be so I’m happy to be a part of this and grateful that Dr. Norman has invited me to help. Hopefully we can help to grow the awareness with this campaign and help people make good decisions to help save their lives.”

For more information, visit http://www.highbloodcalciumisbad.com/

The double-header Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg event opens the 2015 season on Friday, March 27. Pigot will have two practice sessions on Friday with qualifying set for Saturday morning at 9:30 AM ET. Race 1 will go green Saturday at 2:25 PM ET with Race 2 to begin on Sunday at 12:45 PM ET. Timing and scoring can be followed via the indylights.com website.

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