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Please help me #keepmoving #outdoors with an #Alinker Walking Bike.
$2,850 pledged
102% of $2.8k goal
39 contributors
0 days left
Ended Nov 3, 2019

Hi! I’m David. Please help me #keepmoving outdoors with an #Alinker Walking Bike. I'm a single Dad and would love to be able to enjoy the outdoors again with my daughter and friends.

Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 2, I spent most of my youth in and out of a wheelchair and in and out of hospitals. After many years and total joint replacements in both hips and knees, I became more mobile and began participating in outdoor activities with the assistance of several local non-profit groups that assist the disabled in the participation of sports such as hiking, kayaking, sailing and more.

However, in early 2018, I had to have a second knee replacement (on the same knee) and later that year, I fell and since then, I have not been able to walk without assistance.  I currently use crutches outside and a walker in the home.  I have not participated in any outdoor activities for over a year. I no longer go for walks, regular grocery shopping, go to malls or other public venues.  Walking with crutches while having Rheumatoid Arthritis causes added pain in my back, neck and shoulders.  This pain along with an overall fear of falling prevents me from going out, enjoying the great outdoors in New England and being socially active as I had been before the knee replacement and subsequent fall. I attend Physical Therapy several days a week and am trying to get some strength back. 

The #Alinker is a three-wheeled walking bike designed to help people stay active and live life to the fullest allowing users experience chronic aches and pains, chronic illnesses and recovering from an injury, they can all still be active! Currently, Health Insurance plans do not cover a very broad range of mobility devices and that’s why campaigns like this are so important. I'd be able to rebuild and maintain muscle tone in my legs, be able to walk upright instead of using all my energy focusing on trying not to fall and once again enjoy my time outdoors and with family and friends without the feeling like I'm slowing everyone down. It may even allow me to return to scuba diving as I'd be able to use the #Alinker to walk the trail down to the water's edge at Ft. Wetherill park in Jamestown, RI.  to It really would give me so much freedom back, open up my world again, and change my life. To learn more about my life’s journey, please visit me at davidstmartin.com.

Thank you for your consideration and support.

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

PLEASE NOTE

  • The campaigns are in Canadian $ (back end requirement on our side), the $2800 CAD includes the Alinker, shipping, process and campaign fees and our 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.        
  • 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 molly@thealinker.com. We can get a shipping quote to where you live, and include that in the campaign goal.  

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 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! 

Why an Alinker?  

Generally, medical devices are a technical solution for a body with a problem.
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 us as a person.

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 understand. 
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. 

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

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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.

Independence

Together we'll make this work, in kindness and from the heart

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