For Immediate Release
May 13, 2016

Kana Teams Up to Break a Guinness World Record

Kana does Donate Life Run-Walk with Heart Transplant Recipient

Kana Pipeline and its sister companies, Kana Engineering Group and Kana Subsurface Engineering, came together with family and friends to join in their 6th annual team participation to support the OneLegacy nonprofit organization and Donate Life California, the state-authorized nonprofit responsible for managing the organ, eye and tissue registry. On Saturday, April 30th, a new Guinness World Record was made, and "Team Kana" helped towards those efforts.

The annual run/walk event takes place at Cal-State University, Fullerton, on the last Saturday in April, in celebration of National Donate Life month. Kana's participation was in large thanks to their construction client, WL Butler, a major sponsor of this event, year after year, who initially invited them to join back in 2010.

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More than 123,000 Americans are currently waiting for an organ transplant and nearly 1 in 5 live in California. This event was well-attended with over 10,000 people in attendance.

Unlike other years past, this year geared efforts towards an official Guinness World Records attempt by the foundation to have the largest gathering of organ transplant recipients in one location. It was a record-setting day, totaling 314, breaking the old record of 308.

Kana Pipeline had one heart transplant recipient on their team, "Team Kana," Sean O'Donoghue, family member of their Chief Financial Officer, Fred Schultz. "Sean is a miracle and we are honored that he could join our team today," added Daniel Locke, President of Kana Pipeline. Sean had a heart transplant at four years of age. Now, at age 18 he might be placed on the waiting list to receive another heart transplant. Sean's heart surgeon was also present at the event forming his own team, along with many of his transplant patients, which helped break the former Guinness World Record. Approximately 81 organ transplants take place every day in the United States.

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[From left to right, Sean O'Donoghue, Sheila Schultz, Fred Schultz, Denis O'Donoghue, Kim O'Donoghue and Finbar O'Donoghue]

Another transplant recipient recognized by the team was long time pipe supplier to Kana Pipeline, Western Water Works Supply Company's President, Bruce Himes. Bruce had a much needed cornea transplant 25 years ago from a donor in their 50's. He smiles as he goes on to say he has, "an 80 year old eye." His vision is "near perfect." Bruce made a generous donation towards the team's effort on news of learning that Kana was participating in this run-walk event noting, "This is a worthy cause." According to statistics, corneal transplants restore sight to 50,000 people each year.

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In 2014, Kana Pipeline welcomed their neighbors Craig and Kathleen Hostert, Founders of this annual Donate Life Run-Walk, to educate us the about the organ, eye and tissue donation process as well as the importance of being registered. So, what happens if you get into a deadly car accident and you have registered as a donor? Watch this informative video by the Hostert's. Craig is a 2-time kidney transplant recipient, from his wife and his son.

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[Kana Pipeline office staff with the Hostert's featured 6th and 7th from the right.]

Kana Pipeline and its sister companies encourage everyone to join in these efforts and, "Donate Life" by becoming a donor and getting that "pink dot" on their license. This process is simple and can be done online by going to: http://donatelifecalifornia.org/kanapipeline/.

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About Kana Pipeline
Founded in 1984 by CEO and President Daniel Locke, Kana Pipeline is a leading wet utility pipeline construction company in Southern California. Kana specializes in the installation of water, sewer, fireline and storm drainage systems for commercial, industrial, institutional and residential construction projects. For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release and to learn more about Kana Pipeline, visit their website and contact Media Relations.

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