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Help Emma-Rose #keepmoving with an Alinker walking bike
$2,250 pledged
102% of $2.2k goal
45 contributors
0 days left
Ended Feb 2, 2021

Hello, my name is Emma-Rose, and I'm a spring chicken at 40 years young. I am mummy to 3 beautiful children. They are 11, 8 and 2. 

 

I was diagnosed with MS- Multiple Sclerosis when I was 33, in 2013 at the time of my diagnosis I could still walk, but spent most of my time homebound. However MS it is a degenerative disease and sadly my health has degenerated over the years. In 2014, I was registered partially sighted and was trained to use a cane and got rid of the career that helped me to take my boy to school. I have hypermobility and A LOT of fatigue and giving up my license was a blow.  MS took my independence when it took my sight. In 2015, I was matched with my guide dog and we had a couple of happy years together before having a relapse in 2017. This is when I started relying on a scooter to get to school and back. By this point I was using a rollator and a walking stick...things just got tougher. In 2018, my guide dog got retired and I couldn’t work him...he didn’t want to work. I use a wheelchair for convenience and speed. That's a weird experience as you become invisible, you have no choice, you go where you are wheeled.

 

I am not the only one who has lost out because of my diagnosis...my kids have lost the physical play from mum. I’ve never been able to stand up and hold the baby. I am desperate to remain physically active and join my family on family outings. I'm only 40, so have many good years ahead of me. Just being able to leave the house WITH my kids or indeed all on my own is a dream.

 

This mobility aid is like no other.  It’s funky, fresh. There's a lot of (incorrect) stigma and embarrassment out there attached to mobility aids and I want to show others like me there's no need to be embarrassed. 

 

The reason for this campaign is to raise funds to purchase a walking bike for me. To enable me to do everyday things with my kids and husband, some might take for granted. I heard about this bike and started to dream about all the things we could do together, that currently we can not.  It would change our lives and allow us to play together and start having more fun together. We would be super grateful if you would donate any amount to help us reach our target and grab hold of our dreams. 100% of the money raised will go towards this walking bike and getting me and all of us moving.

 

I won't ever be able to thank you enough, but THANK YOU MILLIONS XXX

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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 USD $, the $2200 USD includes the Alinker, shipping, process and campaign fees and our #AlinkerFamily 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 (from direct stock or you'll be placed in line, delivery 6-8 weeks).
  • 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 potentially get a shipping quote to where you live, and include that in the campaign goal, though we like to keep shipping at a minimum, so we will not ship anywhere beyond $250 shipping costs.

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 Blair 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!

Here is the Alinker segment as was aired on CBS Innovation Nation October 2019 - https://youtu.be/pk96VDkJ9NU

 

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 who we are.

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.

Alinkers change lives, here are a few people

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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.

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

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