Thank you everybody. Our campaign is now over.
I miss #art, #familyoutings and #1mile #walks but need #mobility to do these.
$2,350 pledged
107% of $2.2k goal
21 contributors
0 days left
Ended Mar 30, 2020

Hello, My name is Dina and I’m a wife, mother and a nurse who is no longer physically able to work. I have multiple chronic illnesses that effect my daily abilities, self care, mobility and activity tolerance. My husband is an artist and participates in art and gallery showings which I love attendIng. This past year I have not been able to go with him and that really upsets me.The Alinker would allow me to safely go out for hikes, shopping with my daughter or to social and art gatherings without the fear of passing out or always looking for a place to sit and rest. My biggest fear is passing out in public as my heart rate increases to the 150’s+ within 10-20 minutes of standing or walking and my blood pressure drops very low causing lightheadedness, shakiness and makes me feel like I’m going to pass out. My muscles in my upper thighs also become very tired and weak with normal activity, due to Sjogrens and Fibromyalgia, causing me to need frequent rest periods. I cannot go for hikes with my husband and daughter anymore or walk my dog in the park and I fear any shopping trips or social outings.

My main illnesses include autoimmune Hashimotos (effects thyroid and all systems in my body), Sjogrens type II (Acts like Lupus effecting muscles, joints, organs, eyes, mouth and mucosal lining throughout my body), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or #POTS which causes fainting and lightheadedness with walking and standing, neuropathy(burning and numbness)in my hands, feet and legs as well as nausea and digestive issues, Fibromyalgia which causes muscle weakness, pain and profound fatigue, Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia ( also known as the Worst Pain known to humankind or The Suicide Disease) causing constant daily pain in my ear, tongue and jaw on the right side of my face and sometimes on the left. When the pain escalates, it effects the entire right side of my face and can render me incapacitated. My first illness showed up over 20 years ago but my physical abilities have just declined significantly this past year.
The money raised in this campaign goes 100% to mobility device called The Alinker. This device would allow me to spend more time outside of my home and with my family and friends. It is better for me than a wheelchair as you use your legs to propel yourself forward- so it is similar to a bike but without pedals and helps maintain some muscle strength as apposed to atrophy. This device also has breaks for going downhill.
Thank you so much for considering my campaign, I look forward to being able to enjoy more activities with my family and friends! I feel very blessed to have a supportive husband, daughter, family and friends that help me through the ups and downs of these illnesses. Also a huge thank you to the makers of the Alinker which has changed the lives of so many!

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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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