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Help Gloria #keepmoving with an Alinker walking bike
$2,220 pledged
101% of $2.2k goal
26 contributors
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Ended Mar 14, 2021

Hi, my name is Gloria. I'm 32 years old and i like art and singing. I took a couple of voice lessons when I was younger I had liked it alot but it's more of a hobby than anything. I also enjoy watching movies such the avengers and harry potter where the good triumphs over adversity or anything thats thrown their way. I also liked hanging out with family and traveling a bit here and there. Some of favorite places to visit is the Georgia aquarium in Atlanta, Island of Adventure in Orlando where I live. I would admire how freely the fishes and animals moved through water and having fun at Hogwarts at universal. 

      All of this came to a halt January of 2020 when I was diagnosed with MS. I remember the day when I rushed to the ER. Both my legs felt extremely heavy, I was exhausted and I couldn't feel my legs. MRI scan found multiple lesions in my brain and spine. It was a hard pill to swallow as I have a sister who is also going through MS she's had hers for over 10 years now. I was in denial for a while. I witnessed what it does to her and how it affected her state of mind and thought what if my fate is to be the same. I was afraid that I'd lose that spark in me to keep fighting and to not give up. I didn't think I was strong enough mentally to be able to handle this but my boyfriend encouraged me to just take it one step at a time.

     It's been a year since that day. I'm on medications, but not the same person I use to be. I also suffer frequent seizures as a result of the lesions. It's hard to stay balanced on my own without a cane and I would have to lean on someone or something if I stand or move for a long period of time because it would cause me pain. I can walk a down a few aisles in the grocery store when I lean on my boyfriend but I get tired out easily. I'd have to keep telling him to slow down because I was struggling. Not only is MS affecting my body, but also my cognitive abilities. I have hard time remembering things. I worry about my future and where my health is going, though I try not to I usually try to look at the bright side of things despite my circumstances. I always kept a smile on my face. 

we found the Alinker group and the organization who help people like me. I want to be able to walk around without worrying about falling just by doing my daily tasks. With this walking bike I can get stronger and be able to do daily tasks and to be able to exercise without the constant  struggle. To be able to walk around a lake with the alinker bike or go to places I've never been before would be really put me on the track to better health and to put my worried mind at ease. 

     Your contributions will greatly get me one step closer to my goal. I cannot thank you enough for being here and reading this campaign and I'd really appreciate your support. I'm ready to do something new outside instead of stuck at home thinking about how I wish I could walk without the struggle. Your help will go a long way to fight this so I don't have to go through this on my own with your support. Please share my campaign and follow along on my journey. 

 

Thank you for your support 🙂

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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 - 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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