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

Diane Walsh

Diane Walsh Profile Photo St. Louis, MO

As a COPD patient advocate, and the newest state captain from Missouri, I hope to accomplish bringing awareness to more people about COPD.

As a COPD advocate, I have signed up for COPD360Social and I have spoken to my family and friends about COPD.

As a State Captain, I am interested in connecting others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives, raising awareness by participating in health fairs and community events, and participating and promoting research opportunities to help find a cure.

My proudest COPD moment has been playing soccer with my grandson and also went swimming this year for the first time.

My inspiration to share is, “I Am Not My COPD”.

More about me, “I was diagnosed about 12 years ago it hasn't been a easy ride with copd for me when my body tells me to rest i rest and I'm not used to resting . and exercise is very important”


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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!