Meet Your COPD Foundation Captains!

COPD Foundation 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. If you are interested in joining our group of volunteers, click here.

If you'd like to speak with a COPD Foundation Captain directly, please email and we will connect you with the Captain in your area of interest.

Shaamahummed Shaik

Shaamahummed Shaik Profile Photo Eugene, OR

Howdy! My name is Shaamahummed Shaik. I am an energetic, excited, and fun high school student from Eugene Oregon who loves to volunteer, and help others. I have had a family member pass away from COPD in 2011 which has really sparked a passion in me to help other people, family, and friends who go through this horrible illness. Either through advocacy, research, or spreading awareness I am committed to making a difference against COPD. These days I see many youth using vapes and some even nicotine cigarettes leading themselves to a COPD diagnosis. I hope through my role of being a Foundation Captain I can inform my peers and people younger than me as well about the detrimental effects of smoking or vaping along with how it could lead to a COPD diagnosis. If you are even slightly interested in contributing to working against COPD please reach out and we here at the COPD foundation would love to have you collaborate with us!

A quote that I live by is “ If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” - Benjamin Franklin


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!