Meet Your State Advocacy Captains!

State Captains are volunteers with COPD, caregivers, friends and family members or healthcare providers who use their contacts and talents and partner with the COPD Foundation to serve as state and community leaders.

Captains promote the importance of becoming a part of the COPD community. They work to spread COPD awareness in their state and local areas, mentor fellow COPD community members, and participate in online and in-person grassroots advocacy and community building activities focused on health policy issues that are important to those who have COPD. To learn more about becoming a state captain in your area please email

Bill White

Bill White Profile Photo Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

I am a COPD advocate because my Mother passed away from COPD and I struggle daily with the disease and I feel it is important to learn as much as I can about living day to day and sharing that knowledge with other COPD sufferers.

As State Captain I hope to bring awareness to this disease so the next generation will not have to suffer with it.

My proudest COPD moment is being interviewed on TV and having 50 people come to the next Better Breathers meeting.


COPD Foundation State Captain Program Informational Video

The COPD Foundation is looking for new State Captains to join our community to be champions for promoting COPD awareness, improving quality of life for those with COPD, to participate in research opportunities, policy, and much more. Email for questions and to start the onboarding process today!