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FKMS: the wheeling edition
$2,850 pledged
102% of $2.8k goal
28 contributors
0 days left
Ended Sep 20, 2018

So for real though, aside from the short hilarious list I've already written, why do I want this thing?  Here's a few reasons:

  • I'm pretty sure that, as much as she likes hanging out in the backyard and playing with me on the ground, Lex wouldn't mind going on walks sometimes
  • I would feel like less of an ass if i could actually take part in the MS Walk next year (Sorry Grandma, you can wait in the car, or maybe ride on the handlebars?)
  • I've always been an early adopter, the older and more disabled I get, the harder it is to find cool things to get before they're cool...help me battle my FOMO here, people!
  • It would be cool to be able to walk to Dairy Queen for a Blizzard instead of sending my order and waiting for kind people to bring it home (no offense, but it's always a little bit melty!)
  • When I walk, it's often hard to do anything other than concentrate on all the things I need to do in order not to trip, so I miss a lot in conversation and the world around me
  • I could use a few less excuses to get off my butt and do stuff
  • Laura likes a good challenge and we need to find a way to attach my cane to this thing (and also find other useful/fun attachments for it!)
  • I don't like depending on other people or the good will of other people to get stuff done. I appreciate the heck out of it when people make my life easier, but I also hate it.
  • Do you realize we got gifted a community mailbox maybe 6 months before my diagnosis? Do you know how many packages/important bits of (non-bill) mail have languished there while I continually forget to stop by with the car or cajole someone else into checking?
  • You probably don't realize that, while I enjoy the speed that we go through airports in a wheelchair, I am also at butt level (and thus, fart level) for the duration
  • Further to that, I'm glad I was drinking at the beer festival this summer, because...beer farts!
  • Speaking of beer, most craft breweries either aren't super accessible or don't have parking close by
  • I can't remember the last time I went to the mall (this one is a double edged sword, ditto for the grocery store!)
  • Even though I have an accessible parking pass, there aren't always accessible spots available, which means in many cases, I either just don't go somewhere or have to get someone else to drive me
  • I don't mind attention, but I do get miffed when it feels like pitying...pretty sure this thing will get more more of the former and less of the latter
  • The more I use my body the more I get to keep using it, and I think we can all agree that's a good goal to have.

I'll be frank here, unless there's a miracle cure or something changes drastically, I'm going to be in a wheelchair/scooter eventually...and while I guarantee you they will also be a sight to behold, but I'm in no rush.

So help me, help...me. Or do this so you have an excuse to laugh at me, I'm good either way, I just really don't like inhaling farts in an airport.

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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