DMACC team to climb stairs for good cause in March

Security Supervisor and Fight for Air Climb Captain Terry Harrison sits at the security desk in Building 5. Photo by Claire Rohlfsen.

This March, teams are racing up Des Moines’s tallest buildings, floor by floor, to raise money for the American Lung Association in the annual Fight For Air Climb.

DMACC Security Supervisor and team captain Terry Harrison has participated in the event for nine years, and speaks about how he got involved: “My father died from lung cancer, and I was asked to join the team by the then team Captain, [retired DMACC professor] Buzz Hoffman.”

The event, to be held Sunday, March 29, involves teams climbing up the stairs to four different buildings in downtown Des Moines, including 801 Grand, which is 44 stories tall.

Harrison is captain of DMACC’s team, which has been growing in numbers since its formation, and has continually been the largest participating team.

There is a sign up fee of $15, which will be increased to $25 after February. Additionally, each participant is tasked with raising $100 for the charity.

Harrison adds, “If a student wants to participate, but needs assistance raising the $100, they can contact me and I have some people that can’t physically participate, but will help students raise the money.”

The event welcomes everyone, regardless of athletic ability. For more information regarding Fight For Air Climb go to the American Lung Association’s website or contact Terry Harrison at

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