Our Partnerships

The ALS Association – Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter


(Associated Press)1964
Jimmy hunter (Left) reads story of his signing with Kansas City Athletics
for $75,000. Clyde Klutz, the A's scout who signed Hunter, is at right.


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 know 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 the service area changed, now providing services for just the state of North Carolina.

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 Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter) operates under a shared mission:

Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.


The Jim "Catfish" Hunter ALS Clinic
Eastern Carolina Neurology, University Health Systems



East Carolina Neurology is closely associated with Brody School of Medicine, the Pitt County Memorial Hospital and Regional Rehabilitation Center, as well as the affiliated hospitals of the University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina. 

The clinic was established through funding provided by the Foundation in 2008.

The National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Registry — www.cdc.gov/als — (800) 232-4637