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Help Heidi #keepmoving with an Alinker walking bike
$2,800 pledged
100% of $2.8k goal
21 contributors
0 days left
Ended Jul 7, 2019

Hiya

For those that don’t know me, I’m Heidi. In 2000, I was diagnosed with RRMS. It was horrible news... I was always active; Loved playing tennis, bike riding, avid hiker, worked full time... just lived life. Multiple sclerosis changed my life- I began to lose mobility in 2008. I use a wheelchair for ‘walks’ on a groomed nature trail, but with the Alinker bike I could WALK! Imagine me walking eye-level! [no more butt-level] The mobility alone is exciting- using my legs!  This bike would support my body when my legs are further weakened.  This would have such a hugely positive impact on my mental & physical health. 

Best of all? I would be able to walk Rommel. [He is my 10yr old German Shepherd/Soulmate. He has been with me through it all]

I am grateful for my wheelchair, though it’s not a perfect fit for me. I have some/limited use of my legs, they’re just weak, & I have coordination issues. This bike would allow me to use my legs, & keep moving! ...a rolling stone...

This fundraiser is for one walking bike, shipped to me. 

Thank ya kindly-

Heidi

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

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.

Some technical comments on the process of the campaigns:

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

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

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