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Help Chelsea activate her damaged brain and #keepmoving with an Alinker!
$2,200 pledged
100% of $2.2k goal
20 contributors
0 days left
Ended Feb 7, 2020

My name is Chelsea and I am disabled at 32 years old. About a year and a half ago, I started experiencing physical and neurological symptoms that progressed rapidly. Test after test has shifted diagnoses over time, and my team of doctors worked hard for answers (including having my whole genome sequenced currently).

On Wednesday 10/16/19 I received a phone call from my neurologist that testing they sent to the Mayo Clinic had identified a rare antibody to the CASPR2 protein in my brain, causing my body to attack my central nervous system. So rare, in fact, that the disease is not well understood and doesn't even have a name yet! The attack of this antibody has caused me to have catastrophic brain inflammation called autoimmune limbic encephalitis. Among other symptoms, the limbic encephalitis has caused me to have an acquired brain injury, memory loss, sleep disturbances, focal impaired awareness seizures, tumors, proprioception problems aphasia, and ataxia. I was admitted the next morning 10/17/19 to the hospital for 8 days to receive intensive treatments to help stop the progress of the encephalitis and hopefully erase some of the damage. Only time and treatments will tell how much permanent brain damage I will be left with.

In the meantime, I am no longer allowed to drive and my mobility has been so affected that I need to use a cane in order to walk even short distances. As a former long distance runner and a lover of adventures in the great outdoors, my loss of independence has been heartbreaking. Even my love of gardens and museums has been taken, with my cane forcing me to take breaks often and keep trips short.

Having an alinker walking bike would give me some of my independence back and keep me out of a wheel chair. Field trips with my kindergarten students would no longer fill me with dread. The bike would lengthen the tether my family and I have had to our home since my illness, and it would let me “run” with my son again. Not to mention giving me back the incredible mental and emotional benefits of exercise during this trying time!

Thank you for reading my story! Please consider helping me fund this incredible mobility device.

CROWDFUND, WHY, HOW, START

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

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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