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I'm Debbie I have #MS and would LOVE to get #backoutdoors more with an #Alinker.
$2,800 pledged
100% of $2.8k goal
17 contributors
0 days left
Ended Dec 15, 2019

Hello, my name is Debbie and I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis ten years ago. Up until that point, I led the relatively “normal” life of someone that is more able-bodied than I am now.

 I would often go out with co-workers and friends in the evenings for dinner; sometimes we even went to clubs and would dance until all hours of the night and into the next morning. But things changed when my mobility became a challenge. I still keep in touch with those friends through text and email, but I do miss spending time with them in person!

 If I were more mobile, I would love to play miniature golf and have a place to sit when I needed it. I love watching horror films and I could possibly go to “Fright Fest” for a good scare, but again, be able to sit for a rest when I needed to. Music is a fun part of life and in the past I would go to HUGE concerts: I’ve seen Metallica with Guns ‘N’ Roses, Mark Anthony with Jennifer Lopez and more. These days, it’s less of an activity, and more just listening.

 I’m reaching out for assistant to fund an Alinker for many reasons. Like many others, my MS has isolated me; some days are better than others. I enjoy the conversations on the Alinker Instagram page and feel less alone by reading and commenting there.

If I had an Alinker, I could possibly get another pet as well. I love animals and with the walking bike I think a dog and I would be able to take walks and they would have the life they deserve as well, not just sitting around inside!

Lastly, I feel as though I could spend more time with family, whom I love. When we get together, we laugh and have a great time, especially during the holidays. But I don’t want the ONLY time I see them to be during the holidays! I want to be able to do things with them on the weekend, or on a random Wednesday – WHENEVER I want J

 Thank you for taking the time to read my story, there are no words of how much this would change my life and my journey with multiple sclerosis. A lot of things that seem like “dreams” could be a reality with the help of others.

 -Debbie

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.

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

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