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Help Frank keep moving with an Alinker walking bike
$2,800 pledged
100% of $2.8k goal
24 contributors
0 days left
Ended Jul 23, 2019

Hi I’m Roni and I’m asking for help to keep my husband Frank moving! Frank is turning 80 this year and has loved to work all his life, supporting his family by his own physical labor and has been known as someone people could count on if they needed help with anything. His cheerful optimism has been an inspiration to many throughout the years.

Frank has developed severe osteoarthritis in both knees to the point that he is unable to walk any more and can only briefly stand by precariously balancing on his knees that are bone-on-bone. He was scheduled for a knee replacement operation but the day before he went in he suffered a major heart attack that killed a majority of his heart. He is no longer a candidate for knee replacement surgery leaving him wheelchair bound.

The arthritis is now affecting his shoulders so he is no longer able to operate a manual wheelchair. He has an electric chair but this  has created a huge problem with him getting the exercise he needs to keep his heart healthy and to keep his muscles moving.

He was receiving physical therapy in a pool, but his insurance has run out (as some of you know, if you don’t show improvement, you are not eligible to continue therapy, and Frank’s knees are not going to improve.)

When we learned of the Alinker walking bike we thought this might be the very thing he needs to keep moving! He would be able exercise his legs as well as to help him standing upright instead of in the sitting position he is currently in all day. (Keeping his back muscles from getting weaker.) This would also greatly improve his circulation which will help his heart!

Frank is ever cheerful.  But it is heartbreaking for the rest of us to see him slowly declining and not being able to help him. We are hoping this walking bike will not only help him physically but also boost his confidence and keep him mentally stimulated.

Any help you can give to help us reach our goal of purchasing an Alinker walking bike would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Roni 

 

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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