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Help me #livebestwithms on an #Alinker walking bike!
$2,200 pledged
100% of $2.2k goal
4 contributors
0 days left
Ended Jan 23, 2020

Hello! My name is John McCauley and I am a married father of two teenage boys, two dogs, one cat, and I am an #MSWarrior since my diagnosis in 2008.

My wife and I got to know each other while playing tennis, going for long bike rides and playing volleyball with our friends. We were very active. We would rollerblade along the inter-coastal or leave on our bicycles early in the morning and ride all over town.
We got married and had a 5 year old and a 3 year old when I received my diagnosis.. Before I got sick, I played soccer and basketball with them. I would chase them around the yard with the hose. We would swim and go for long walks with our dog Jake. I coached their soccer teams and basically chased them around all the time!! I was present and focused and involved.
MS took that away from me. My wife became the one to help them practice basketball and soccer. She was the one who had to teach them to ride a bike. Now, if I want to go for a walk with my boys, they push me in my wheelchair. Sometimes I'm too tired to make it to the sideline of the soccer field and I have to watch from the parking lot.
The cognitive element of this disease is unkind, to say the least. Exercising and getting my blood pumping is hard and somedays I can't make myself do it all. MS is my uninvited companion who is always with me, but it won't stop me! It has kept me from being as active as I would like. My trips out of the house are mostly to go somewhere with the family, or to the doctor.
I want to reclaim some of my power. The A-linker would give me the ability to accompany my family on trips to the mall or farmers market without being a burden and without feeling weak and inadequate. It will help me make it to the soccer sideline for every game. It will help me strengthen my body and mind.

Please help me get an #Alinker walking bike and keep moving. I do my best to keep up with my family, but fatigue, balance issues, numbness, and lack of coordination limit my mobility. It would be so liberating to be able to participate in activities without having to feel like a burden! This isn't just for me, but for my family as well.

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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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