I’m a #Zebra & I need to #keepmoving with an #Alinker walking bike at #eyelevel.
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Hello! I’m Sandra if you didn’t know that and I’m a #Zebra. What started with #asthma & #respiratoryinfections ended up as #immunedeficiency. And want to be mobile again! I remember a friend once told me not to walk so fast.

I have asthma and was forced to make a drastic life change and my breathing is under more control. Now I can hardly walk to the refrigerator due to pain. I was looking forward to walking my dogs, I have 2 Irish Setters, they love hearing how pretty they are on walks. My male Mickey has been so much help. He helps me get around my house.

I also have 2 cats Charlie and Zeus. Zeus is a Sphinx Elf and loves to cuddle, he feels like warm raw leather. I’m a jewelry designer, ceramist, I actually love all art. I have an adult son, he works in television and has won many awards. My husband is wonderful. We’ve been married 37 years and he’s been very patient with my life change. We used to enjoy the outdoors, nature hiking or making day trips exploring out of the way places. I miss going to art and music festivals. I was always in the move. You just don’t realize how mobility is until you lose the ease of it.


I have Primary Immunodeficiency, specifically Hypogammaglobulinemia. I acquired it due to nearly constant treatment of respiratory infections. It has caused degenerative joint disease, especially my lower spine and myopathy along with fibromyalgia. Walking more than a few yards is very painful for me. I have a wheelchair but it so difficult to get that around due to it’s weight. Both with a wheelchair or the scooters provided by stores everything’s out of reach.


I’m moving to The Ozarks, closer to my sister and would love to explore the area with her. My niece has a baby and I look forward to going to Farmers Markets to be at eye level on an Alinker instead of being in a wheel chair. There are beautiful nature trails, along with everything Branson has to offer. With an Alinker there'd be no worries about my wheelchair batteries dying while out enjoying the day.


I never expected to ask for donations for something for me personally, but when you can no longer work all of your savings don't last. No one ever expects that a loss of mobility can happen to them, it is life changing and can happen to anyone. Your savings don't last as far as you think they will, especially when medical bills for a mystery illness is on your shoulders. I always donated what I could, when I could. Now I am asking for help so I can be mobile again.

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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

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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