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.

Janice Cotton

Janice Cotton Profile Photo Shiloh, Illinois

Advocating for COPD has been one of my greatest passions. I want other COPDers to know that there are always eyes and ears looking out for their best interest. Resources are available and each of us needs to know how to access them.

I am passionate about research and what is available to the COPD community. I have participated with lobby days on Capitol Hill, bringing awareness to all government officials.

I have many proud moments with the COPD Foundation. One of my proudest is being asked by John Walsh to be a PPRN (Patient Powered Research Network) governing board member.

Keeping abreast of what is new and innovative in the world of COPD therapy makes a win-win situation. We have to work as a team. Patients, caregivers, clinicians, and law makers all working together for the common good.

I will remain vigilant doing what I do best, which is advocating for and participating in pulmonary rehab, presenting at health fairs, staying connected with elected officials in my state and helping wherever there is a need. I will also continue working with the Breathe Chicago Center as a research advocate and continue my work as a peer reviewer for the Department of Defense.

My biggest goal yet is to help secure funding which is so needed.

My motto is and has been since I became an Illinois State Captain in 2013 is “Knowledge is Power”.


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!