About Our Chapter How You Can Help

The ALS Association North Carolina Chapter has been committed to serving people with ALS and their families as well as working to find a cure for ALS since 1987.

June Thompson founded The ALS Association North Carolina Chapter in 1987 to serve the needs of ALS patients and caregivers. In 2000, the Chapter expanded its services to include South Carolina and became known as the Carolinas’ Chapter. In August of 2002, the Carolinas’ Chapter was renamed the Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter to honor a North Carolina hero and to bring further recognition to our cause. In early 2006, a new South Carolina Chapter was formed and again our service area changed. We now provide services for just the state of North Carolina, and in July of 2016, our name once again changed to reflect our commitment to the Tar Heel state.

The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. ALSA covers all the bases — research, patient and community services, public education and advocacy; in providing help and hope to those facing the disease.

The ALS Association (National Office and the North Carolina Chapter) operates under a shared mission: To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.

We work together to accomplish our mission. The North Carolina Chapter focuses primarily on helping local patients and families live with ALS while the National Office focuses primarily on research and advocacy. The Chapter supports the National Office through revenue sharing and research contributions. The National Office supports the Chapters by providing up-to-date information and materials.

Our accomplishments are made possible by the generosity of others. From the smallest donation to the largest gift, donors touch the ALS community with hope for the future.


Chapter Recognition

Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter Named Chapter of the Year for Second Year in a Row

North Carolina's Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter Named Chapter of the Year

Catfish Chapter President Named Advocate of the Year