Help Cj #keepmoving with an Alinker walking bike
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Hello, my name is CJ Jones. I am used to being an independent person and was once able to help others by being a caregiver. I don’t have the ability to drive because of an eye disorder I was born with, Aniridia, which is a complete or partial absence of the iris in your eye, because of this issue with the iris it causes a reduction in the sharpness of vision and an increased sensitivity to light. Due to this I can’t drive and I am use to being a very active person having to walk everywhere. 

 

About 6 year ago while walking, I had a fall and found myself in rehab having to learn to rewalk. With having to walk everywhere this really took a toll on my mental health. After years of seeing doctors and finally a spinal tap I was diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP). I am at a point now of walking with mobility aids, but it is for a short distance as I am in a lot of pain having arthritis all through my body. When I found The Alinker, I knew this would be the mobility aid that would be most beneficial to me. It could aid me in my weightloss journey as I know I will be able to be more active. I was used to walking 6 miles a day and now I am lucky if I can walk 2 blocks without my legs giving out on me. 

 

The Alinker would give me the opportunity to finally visit with my son who is in a rehab facility in Dubuque, IA. He has Cerebral Palsy  and is wheelchair bound for life due to life threatening seizures, he is such a sweetheart who would bring a smile to your face instantly if you are ever given the chance to meet him. I have not had the opportunity to visit him in a while due to my mobility issues. I also look forward to being able to do the simple things like walking my dog and not having to rely as much on my partner in the colder months and cleaning my kitchen. I really look forward to being able to go out to play pool and Karaoke once more! Above all else I long for my freedom and independence, I don’t want to be as reliant on others and would love to be able to get back to helping others. 

 

Being on a fixed income makes the Alinker out of my immediate price range but with your support I could really be able to be the fun loving active person I once was. I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to look at this campaign, any donations and shares of my campaign would mean the world to me in being able to get back to myself. Thank you so much for all of 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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