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You may know, I have had MS for about 25 years. It has been an up
and down journey through bouts of vision loss, right side weakness,
and developing cognitive decline. In 2008 I had a relapse that left
me unable to deal with heat. The warmer I got the more numb my right
side, face and legs became, and I began to have more issues with
balance. I began falling quite often. Living in the Dallas area at
the time was really hard with the heat and humidity. Finally I had to
leave work on disability and stay at home in the A/C. My husband
decided to retire later that year and we moved to Colorado Springs
which is cooler and drier at an altitude of about 6,500 where we
lived. In 2016 we moved even higher up to approximately 8,000 ft. in
altitude. Here I am comfortable so much more, able to walk more, but
I still cannot walk unaided more than about 2 blocks and that is only
at a slow pace. I miss out on many things done outside here in the
summer because I cannot stand and walk as much as needed so it feels
sad to not be able to participate.
I learned about the Alinker walk bike just a couple of weeks ago and I knew it would be the perfect device for me. Not only does it help with walking but I would get to remain upright and eye level so I would still feel independent and involved with the people around me. It is amazing how much we look right over those in wheelchairs and on scooters as if they are not there. That is very hard for me. I would like to get an Alinker walking bike to be able to walk and sit at the same time and continue to get exercise. Being overweight, I also need to exercise, and exercise also helps with cognitive decline. It is so beautiful most of the time here in Colorado so I could walk my dog Josie and get around the neighborhood easily with this. I have a walker with a seat, but we have dirt roads which don’t work well with the walker tires. This Alinker would work much better. I would much rather this option than a wheelchair or scooter but I do not have the money at this point and this option is not available through Medicare or other health insurance. I hope you will consider adding a few dollars and/or share my post to help me get this bike. Thank you all for helping me keep moving. #keepLindaMoving #FreedomFromMS #helpLindaBWalk ##AlinkerforLindaBittick
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 !
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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.
GO TO CROWDFUND, WHY, HOW, START
Together we'll make this work, in kindness and from the heart
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