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

Marlyce Campbell

Marlyce Campbell Profile Photo Wakeeney, KS

As a respiratory therapist and the newest State Captain from Kansas, I hope to accomplish helping people understand how to live with COPD and to maximize medication, actives and daily living to their fullest.

As a COPD advocate, I have sent a letter to my members of Congress about COPD and I have participated in health fairs or community events to promote COPD awareness.

As a State Captain, I am most 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 working with state, local, and national officials to improve COPD policy.

My proudest COPD moment has been when my patients tell the pulmonologist, " I'm doing better since Marlyce showed me how to use my medication and she got me a 6 month neb cup!

My inspiration to share is, “Today is a good day to have a good day”

More about me, “Been a respiratory therapist for 30 plus years. Started in high school as an OJT. Have set up several respiratory departments in NW KS. Proud recipient of the Hugh Mathewson Award in 2018. I am currently the Director of Respiratory Care in Wakeeney KS. Opened the department Sept. 2014. I'm very passionate about what I do”


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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!