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

April Barrow

April Barrow Profile Photo Cedartown, GA

As a respiratory therapist and the newest State Captain for Georgia, I hope to accomplish bringing more awareness and education about COPD and helping others. I have been a RRT for 17 1/2 years. I work in pulmonary rehab and also still work in the hospital.

As a State Captain I hope to connect others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives, as well as to raise awareness by participating in health fairs and community events. I would also like to host and participate in fundraisers to support my community.

My inspiration to share is, “Let your faith be bigger than your fear”


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!