An unusual project earlier this year at the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City has produced a Guinness World Record.
On Valentine’s Day in February, volunteers from the hospital, community, and the Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children who had made a pipe-cleaner chain — with individual links in the form of hearts — encircled the hospital on NE 13. In fact, the pipe-cleaner “Chain of Love” surrounded the hospital three times, with enough left over to encircle the building at least three more times. So, the official Guinness World Record for the longest chain of pipe cleaners now is at 10,459 feet, or nearly 2 miles — and the Guinness record is in Oklahoma City. Hospital leaders recently were notified of the official record. Helping with the project to show love and support for pediatric cancer patients were school and church groups; University of Oklahoma sororities and fraternities; and an OU College class. Patients, family members and volunteers worked for months to twist thousands of pipe cleaners into the chain.
Jim Killackey, medical writer.