Many people would have difficulty working six days a week while being healthy. Add a debilitating disease to that, and some would throw in the towel. Not local man Jim Stalder.
Stalder is a 53-year old from the Dallas area, currently residing in Allen. He has been married to his wife Lisa for 29 years and they have two sons. Stalder has been in the Dallas area golf business for over 30 years. He said he received some devastating news a few years ago. “I was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in my forties and have ended up on a kidney transplant list for the past four and a half years,” Stalder said.
He did not believe that he would be where he is today, Stalder said. “I started seeing a nephrologist about 10 or 12 years ago,” Stalder said. “She said one day I would be on dialysis. I didn’t believe her, yet here I am.”
The Mayo Clinic reported that polycystic kidney disease is when your kidneys have various cysts that grow on them. Over time, the cysts can damage the kidneys and reduce the function.
Stalder said his kidneys were enlarged so much that in October 2017, they were removed. Even though he has PKD, the disease will not affect his donated organ. “Luckily I cannot disease the new kidney when it comes,” he said.
He said that he still keeps his busy schedule, even though he has to sit through dialysis treatments. “Being on dialysis the past four and a half years, I have still maintained my status as PGA Head Golf Professional and come to work six days a week while dialysis takes up four hours a day three days a week,” Stalder said.
Stalder has been playing golf for many years, and he loves it. “I have been playing this great game for over 44 years.”
Stalder is part of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, and nothing will keep him from the game.
“It means everything to me because I have committed so much of my life to be the best PGA Professional I can be.” He said he appreciates the way PGA treats him. “It is special to me when I go out of town for golf and most of the time they take care of me with no fees. I have enjoyed taking care of people for all these years.”