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

Scott Brusky

Scott Brusky Profile Photo Tarpon Springs, Florida

I was diagnosed with COPD over 15 years ago and found that we receive very little advice on living with COPD from our doctors. So for the last several years I’ve tried to bring awareness to several online communities that I administer. I spend a great deal of time helping educate and meeting COPD patients and have started a few exercise groups.

As State Captain, I am here to help as many people as I can gain a better understanding of COPD.

My proudest COPD moment was having a fellow patient tell me they learned more about this disease from me than their doctor.

Some of my advocacy work includes, educating patients in online forums, contacting elected officials about COPD, participating in community events to spread COPD awareness and promoting important research opportunities.

My inspiration to share is, “In helping others, we help ourselves.”


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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!