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Adalee and her #family want to #keepmoving with in #Reno with her on an #Alinker
$2,480 pledged
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Ended Nov 22, 2020

My name is Adalee Anne, my mom said when she was pregnant with me she had a dream in which we met and I told her my name is Adalee. I am 39 years old and I love decorating and organizing (I am a true Virgo) and doing anything with my children.  I love being outside and I live in the perfect area to be outside, I am a born and raised Reno Nevada native. I am surrounded by skiing in Truckee, Lake Tahoe walking paths, Truckee river...it is the most beautiful place in the world and I am stuck inside 90% of the time. 

I was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis in 2017 but I first remember knowing something wasn’t right at age 8.  When I was in the 1st grade I complained of vision problems, mainly that the colors were different (one eye sees everything with a yellow tint the other blue) and that the sun hurt. The optometrist said my eyes do not dilate properly and prescribed purple  tinted glasses to be worn all the time.  I was always a “good” sleeper, I could fall asleep anywhere and sleep 12 hours straight without a problem.  I have always had horrible balance as well as feeling tired and weak all of the time.  I could never roller skate, do a cartwheel, ski, snowboard, do a hand stand... the list goes on and on.  I remember always being fascinated with athletes and the way their bodies moved. 

At 16 I went to my doctor and asked him to check to see if one off my legs was shorter than the other because I was constantly off balance and because I was being asked, almost daily, why I was walking funny or limping.  The doctor told me nothing was wrong with my leg, at this point anxiety had become a part of my daily life, so I was told that that I was depressed and given anti depressants. 
After high school I moved out and began working in the casinos, cocktail waitressing and bartending.  Since I had been to the doctors and spoken up about how I felt, but was told nothing was wrong with me, I dealt with it even though I was constantly tired, fatigued and sleeping whenever I could while also suffering from anxiety and panic attacks.
In 2011 I met my husband and in 2012 we married and had our first son Wyatt.  I wanted to stay home longer than the allotted unpaid 3 months so I quit my lucrative job to be a mom and wife and return to college.  Being a mom rejuvenated me, as pregnancy and nursing does for many women with MS (aren’t our brains fascinating).  In 2014 I received my Associate of Arts from Truckee Meadows Community College and had my second son Beau.  In 2016 I received my Bachelor of Art’s from the University of  Nevada Reno, in Business Administration and began a paid internship at Nevada Department of Transportation, human resources department and I loved it.  I decided to begin my masters program and started getting sicker.
I began to notice that my retention was not the same. My memory was not as sharp and school wasn’t as easy as it had once been and I was exhausted and anxious, no matter how much I slept. I went to a birthday party for my girlfriend who took a ton pictures, upon examining the photos I realized my smile was crooked, one side was a huge joker smile, the other was normal.  My doctor said I had Bell’s Palsy and thought I had a torn muscle in my leg so she sent me for physical therapy. The physical therapist said "This is not your leg it’s your brain". Since my experience with doctors had been so negative in the past, I ignored her.
A few months later I went back to my doctor because my walking was worse.  She sent me for an MRI called me at home an hour after my MRI and said that there are  lesions all over my brain and spine and the words "You have MS" and referred me to a neurologist.
Three months later I saw my neurologist and was officially diagnosed. My treatment has been Ocervus infusions every 6 months. In 2018 I was diagnosed with my second autoimmune disease Hashimoto's (thyroid). I have lost so much of myself in these past two years, words, memories, friends and time. I work and research constantly to find the best health solutions for myself; I still am positive but not being outside with my boys, who would live outside if allowed, crushes my spirit. My husband is an avid outdoorsman as well, I miss our time camping, biking and walking. The Alinker would mean the world to us. Thank you!

 

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 - https://youtu.be/pk96VDkJ9NU

 

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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