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I never thought the day would come that I would be seeking the kindness and generosity of others.
Hello my name is John I'm a single 59 yr old male who was born with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. After being diagnosed at age six I've spent a lifetime of making a career out of being a patient. by age 26 I had my first hip replacement followed by the other the next year. Over the next 15 yrs I had both my knees and shoulders replaced. During this time I was very fortunate that I was capable enough to go to school to become an x-ray tech.
Who would have thought that the very place that was a symbol of so much pain and discomfort, the hospital. Would be the place I chose to have a career. It wasn't long before I realized that my many years spent as a patient gave me a deep and lasting empathy for others who were suffering. I'm not ashamed to say I think I was very good at what I did. But alas my health failed and all too soon I had to leave work and apply for government disability in 1992.
A person on gov't assistance receives barely enough to cover rent and basic groceries. In the years since I've tried to find something in my life to help others. When I had a vehicle I volunteer drove patients for the cancer society to and from treatments. I would help out at my church's food-bank. Then as recent as 2011 -2014 I underwent two total ankle replacements as well as having my hips replaced after 28 and 29 yrs of use. Two yrs ago I lost my home after a breakup. I would stay active by cutting grass or tending to roses. Some friends have taken me in while I await gov't housing. As such my legs have deteriorated to the point that I have very poor balance and am afraid to venture out for fear of falling. Obviously I can't get up if that happens. My ankle replacements removed most of the pain I was experiencing , but after I could never walk very far.
My family came from a part of northern Ontario that is rich in wide open boreal forest and numerous lakes and streams. This has left me with a deep abiding love for fresh air and wide open spaces. I hope my story will inspire you to help me once again. To not dream about what was , but what can be. Your generosity in any form will I'm sure bring me the ability to want to seek mother nature where ever I can find her. More so now in these days of isolation and Covid-19
Thank-you eternally yours John.
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
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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:
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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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