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

Janice Cotton

Janice Cotton Profile Photo Shiloh, Illinois

I am very passionate about COPD. I have been hospitalized numerous times and while hospitalized I was passing out COPD literature and giving out the number of the COPD Infoline. No one is exempt. If I can make difference while sick and hospitalized, I shudder to think what I can do well and out meeting and greeting people.

As State Captain I hope to spread awareness by any means necessary.

My proudest COPD moment was being asked by John Walsh to become a PPRN governing board member.

My inspiration to share is, “knowledge is power”.


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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!