Thank you everybody. Our campaign is now over.
Help Judy #keepmoving with an #Alinker in #TN so she can enjoy her #farm again!
$2,200 pledged
100% of $2.2k goal
24 contributors
0 days left
Ended Feb 21, 2020

Hi there, my name is Judy.  I grew up on a farm in rural East Tennessee and I still live on that farm with my husband.  After my parents died, I, alone with my younger sister, inherited the farmland.  For years I planted a garden, as I love fresh vegetables, enjoyed the garden and would can and freeze the things that were grown.  We also have a large yard, and I, along with my husband, mowed, trimmed and kept the yard up. It was an all day event, but I loved it.

I started having trouble with my knees and in 2013 I had knee replacement surgery.  My knee healed but it never felt the same again.  It began with light tingling in my legs and feet, then my left arm and leg had numbness, then my face tingled.  As the symptoms grew worse and worse, my doctor did all kinds of testing and eventually sent me to a neurologist.  After seeing 3 neurologists, having numerous MRS's, spinal taps and nerve conduction studies, I was finally diagnosed with MS.

I quickly became unable to mow, work a garden or even clean my house.  After I walked or stood for 10-15 minutes, I had to sit down.  I was unable to move.  My husband and I love The Alabama Crimson Tide, but the last ball game I attended, I was almost unable to walk to and from the stadium even though we parked really close.

The Alinker is an answer to prayers for many people with mobility issues. For me, since I was diagnosed in 2016, I’ve gone from doing anything I wanted to not being able to walk into one store and look around. I’m no longer able to go shopping, most days not even the grocery store, events, ballgames or anything else I love.

The Alinker would be a life changer for me. I could go for walks with my dogs, go to ballgames, go to the mall, use it at work when I am so fatigued I can barely move. The Alinker would be a Godsend. If there is any way you can support my efforts to obtain one of these, I would be most grateful.

If you want to contribute to my cause, you certainly can, but also, you may know someone that would benefit from the Alinker. 

Thanks for checking this cause out!!

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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