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I hope life is treating you kindly:) I am a mom of three amazing boys - one with special needs. He’s nonverbal full of life and very active. I started having problems when I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, then one diagnosis lead to another. My symptoms are a lot like MS. I am literally trying to fight daily battles. I can no long stand or walk for a long period of time. I have chiari malformation which causes cluster migraines, and many other debilitating symptoms but I also have CP. I was born with birth defects; now that I am in my 40’s my symptoms have gotten worse. I suffer from arthritis throughout my entire body. Spasticity causes my muscles to stiffen making it impossible to do daily things. I also have spinal and cervical stenosis. I am in constant muscle joint and nerve pain. I am not able to walk far. I struggle with dizziness, fatigue, muscle weakness and pain. I have pain throughout my entire body. I also have severely degenerate disk disease.
I would love to enjoy life again. Having this bike, helping me to be more active, enjoying the outdoors again with my boys would be great. Being able to clean house again, doing chores cooking, things I love to do as a mom but can’t because my body won’t allow it because it’s not able without support. Just being able to take my son to the park, as running after him has become impossible. My ten year old has severe autism, nonverbal, very hyper and wants me to play with him. I would love to be able to take him to more places knowing I can keep up with him while also keeping him safe from dangers.
I love the outdoors, beaches, mountains, hiking trails just enjoy nature, but my condition has kept me home bound. If I go to the grocery store I have to limit how much I can do. I need to ride a cart or pushing a cart but it’s challenging and embarrassing. I need exercise. I used to workout and play sports. I pushed my body and now I am struggling to get out of bed. This mobility bike would be a miracle for me. I could do things again and get healthier. I want to live life again enjoying all things I used to before my life was turned upside down. My sons need that! I need it too.
I am disabled. I worked for many years even though it was a struggle but unfortunately now I can’t do much because I don’t have the equipment or the funding I need to do it with. A walker is not the same because I have joint, muscles and nerve problems. I need something I can sit on to help me balance so I am able to use my legs and feet without all the other problems that comes with it. I would love any support, encouragement or whatever - big or small it counts. You matter! I had felt suicidal at times. Getting out helps the mind, body and soul. Any amount of contribution would be appreciated. If it’s just moral support, whatever it is You matter! I have lost friends over my chronic illness. I feel alone often. Nobody understands unless you are going through it yourself. I would love getting to know everyone of you because people matter! I am a struggling mom who can’t afford much so when I saw this campaign I was like wow this is pretty awesome! Please take the time read my story because together we can do anything! Best wishes to everyone who’s struggling for you aren’t alone! Let’s make a positive difference and change one life at a time. Thank you and God bless you.
The campaigns are about sharing. Most people have no idea what life is like when you live with MS or what happens after you have a stroke. Isolation is often a bigger problem than the symptoms of the disease itself. With the campaigns we can share and educate people, because it can happen to all of us. When we create a movement where people simply show up for each other, it might get a bit ‘safer’ and less ‘scary’ to engage with each other. Some people share their experiences on their campaign, others share their funds to support the campaigns. It is not about asking for money, it is creating an opportunity for people to learn and show up with #generosity. Being generous resonates with who we are as humans. We understand generosity deeply and when you practice it, you feel so much better
- The campaigns are in USD $, and due to the pandemic and price increase from September onwards $2950 USD. This includes the Alinker, shipping, process and campaign fees and our #AlinkerFamily support.
- The campaigns are all or nothing, no credit cards are charged unless the campaign reaches its goal.
- As soon as the campaign reaches its goal, we ship an Alinker (from direct stock or you'll be placed in line, delivery 6-8 weeks).
- Campaigners do not handle money. On disability or welfare, you cannot handle money without being penalized, but you can receive an Alinker !
- When the campaign raises more than the goal, the campaigner can chose another campaign where we then make the donation to, paying it forward, or get the balanced paid out, the choice is the campaigner's.
- If you want to start a campaign and are outside Canada or the USA, write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can potentially get a shipping quote to where you live, and include that in the campaign goal, though we like to keep shipping at a minimum, so we will not ship anywhere beyond $250 shipping costs.
Together we build a movement of kindness and generosity, because we all need it
Why do we facilitate crowdfunding on our site?
We believe that the Alinkers should be available for everybody, regardless of income and people who start a crowdfunding campaign here, will have access to a life changing Alinker. Did you see how happy Selma Blair is using her Alinker? Her anxiety dropped from level 10 to 2 after she got back on her new Alinker. She is so happy and so on with this new invention, that she wants to create a fund to get people access to Alinkers. These crowdfunding campaigns are the first step to make Alinkers available for everybody. Selma Blair and BE are now putting their energy together to build a generous community around all the campaigners! The campaigners are people who allow others to show up generously, give them love!
Here is the Alinker segment as was aired on CBS Innovation Nation October 2019 - https://youtu.be/pk96VDkJ9NU
Why an Alinker?
Generally, medical devices are a technical solution for a body with a
The Alinker is designed for who we are, a whole human being, who wants to live an active and engaged life. We are a human, we have a body. Whether we miss a leg of have MS, it does not change who we are.
Yet the world we live in, treats us as a body with a problem, which creates a social divide between people based on their body, based on what we have, not on who we are. Isolation and loneliness are more devastating than the disease itself. So we need to show up for each other, acknowledge each other and be present to who we are.
These campaigns are here to bridge the gap between a high quality custom Alinker, and the people who live at the receiving end of a 'sickcare' system that drives people into poverty.
So, show up, be radically generous, it is something we humans really
When you read each story in each campaign, pause and imagine who that person is, and why they started the campaign, reach out to them, let them know they are surrounded and seen, heard and not alone. When we do that, we feel better and create a safer community where we know we can show up for each other. It connects us with our essence, we are radically generous creatures, we just got a little lost in systems that are not designed for our wellness.
Alinkers change lives, here are a few people
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Who is the Alinker for?
The Alinker is for people who want to stay active, regardless of mobility challenges.
To operate and use the Alinker you must have the ability to:
- walk to some degree
- flex and extend your legs
- bear weight on one leg briefly while getting on and off the Alinker
- be consciously aware of your surroundings
- be aware of your ability and limitations
What is the Alinker?
The Alinker is an exceptionally cool, three-wheeled walking bike
for humans with mobility constraints. It’s not a medical device,
it’s a lifestyle tool, designed to enable users to lead active and
socially engaged lives — at eye level.
On the Alinker, users sit upright -- at eye level with standing companions. Weight is supported by the seat with no stress on the lower body, while handle bars provide additional support. Feet remain on the ground, keeping users stable and safe.
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Together we'll make this work, in kindness and from the heart
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