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Help Chelle #keepmoving with an #alinkerbike in #CollegeStation with her #family
$2,720 pledged
124% of $2.2k goal
20 contributors
0 days left
Ended Mar 23, 2020

Hey Everyone!

This campaign isn't about me. It's about my wife, Michelle. If you know Michelle, she's one of the kindest and sweetest people you'll ever come across. I had never met such a giving heart and overwhelming kindness before her. 15 years of marriage in, and she still finds ways to surprise me almost every day. You never know what the day will hold. She's been known to invite strangers outside of restaurants needing help to come in for a hot meal on us. She's gone back in after a big shopping trip to get some extra food and supplies for the homeless. She's hugged random strangers because she's been in their shoes and her first thought was, "when this happened to me, I wanted a hug". She giggles and smiles and talks to all babies (both human and canine). When she feels good, she's a force to be reckoned with who so very much wants to help anyone and everyone she can. She loves walking hand in hand through new towns, new farmer's markets, and seeing all of the natural beauty she can. Some days she can still be that ray of sunshine, some days she can't. Her days of adventure seeking are fewer and father between these days.

You see, 11 years ago, our lives were forever changed when she gave birth to our daughter, Kylen. 6 months after Kylen's arrival, Michelle started having vision issues. The eye doctor said Michelle needed to visit a neurologist. That's when Michelle was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. So for 11 years, we've been fortunate enough that her mobility has been overall pretty good. She suffers from fatigue and pain and of course the usual issues with MS. But lately, we're seeing that she's starting to have those mobility issues that we've been fortunate to avoid.


During this summer, Michelle started to lose functionality in her leg. This was of course the thing I have feared most. Every morning, I wake her up and make sure she can use her legs before I go to work. I've done that for 11 years, and this summer, the morning happened where she couldn't use it that well.

So, of course thanks to Selma Blair, we were made aware of the Alinker. For Michelle, now that the cooler fall weather has arrived in Texas, she can finally go outside and enjoy our kids (Kylen and her brother Logan (4)) and having the Alinker would be fabulous for her mobility. The fall weather is a relief for her fatigue, and the Alinker would be a relief so she can still walk and enjoy life.

Your help in making that happen for Michelle is invaluable, and she and I both want to thank everyone in advance for their support and love and help in keeping Chelle mobile :)

Thank you,
J.P. Harvey
Husband and Michelle's Biggest Fan

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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