New Aquarium Serves to Promote Healing at Lacks Cancer Center

September 16, 2014 2:26 pm

Animal Planet’s “Tanked” Unveils Aquarium at Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center

wayde and camera crew looking at tankThe lobby of Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center is now home to a 650-gallon fish tank designed and assembled by “Tanked” stars, Brett Raymer and Wayde King. The aquarium was unveiled at Mercy Health’s annual Up on the Roof fundraiser on Thursday, September 11. #roof2014

The 12-foot acrylic tank includes an etched skyline of Grand Rapids and a wave front panel. The detail in the skyline includes landmarks such as the Sixth Street Bridge and iconic buildings. The equipment for the aquarium was donated by Stiles Machinery. The tank will eventually be home to up to 70 fish and can be viewed from the street or inside the Lacks Cancer Center lobby.

King says their goal was to make the aquarium calming and therapeutic. “We hope that people can view the tank, immerse themselves in it and forget what may be happening in day to day life. We like to bring people to our world.”

unveiling at up on the roofVIP guests of Up On the Roof were invited to the filming of the grand unveiling. Kurt V. Lacks and Kenda Klotz, clinical service director of Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center, represented the Cancer Center on the show and during the unveiling. Kurt V. Lacks expressed gratitude, saying that the tank could be enjoyed “whether you’re eight or 88.”

Animal Planet will air the construction and unveiling on November 21. The season premiere of Tanked is scheduled for Friday, September 19. (Times are dependent on cable/satellite carriers.) More pictures of the grand unveiling can be found on the Mercy Health Facebook page or at Mlive’s front page story on Sunday, September 14.

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