Thank you everybody. Our campaign is now over.
Help Stephanie #keepmoving with an #Alinker in the #HerefordAZ #community.
$2,230 pledged
101% of $2.2k goal
13 contributors
0 days left
Ended Feb 7, 2020

Hello everyone,

My name is Stephanie, and I live on my own in the high desert of Arizona with my two dogs, Hannah, a very goofy spaniel mix, and Toshka, my beautiful wolf hybrid. My family is Native American, and we follow our traditional ways and ceremonies. My traditional name is Brings Good Medicine. I have always been a healer and “bringer of good medicine” for others, so I am one of those people who rarely asks for help. Instead I am the one who is usually trying to help others. But I am going out of my comfort zone and asking now. I need the kindness of friends and strangers to help me reach my goal of independence.

You see, I have mobility issues that have left me unable to walk more than a short distance or to stand for any length of time. I’ve hunted far and wide for a mobility aid that could help me, but haven’t found the right one until now. Wheelchairs and scooters are way too heavy and cumbersome for me to deal with on my own, and they don’t help me work on keeping and building the strength I do have. I want to get better, not just maintain!

I love art fairs, pow wows, music, farmers markets, etc. I create artwork and jewelry, and I would love to be able to get out and share my creations at the local Farmer’s Markets. The Alinker has given me hope that I can actually have an active life again outside my home. I just recently moved to Arizona after 30 years in Florida, and I am so excited to get out there and explore my new area. So many festivals, farmers markets and events throughout my new county sound so appealing. It’s a unique and vibrant community, and I want to be an active part of it! The mountains outside my window are calling me- I want to explore the handicap accessible trails. Life is meant to be lived, not observed.

I’ve always loved to travel and experience new things. A few years ago we bought an awesome handicap accessible RV. I get a wonderful view from the road, but to be able to get out and explore the places we visit on the Alinker would take it to a whole new level. The Alinker’s portability makes it perfect to bring along!

I’ve been through a lot the past months, including leaving my home of 30 years and finding myself on my own for the first time in 20 years. It’s been hard, but I refuse to let my setbacks define me and keep me from enjoying my life. I am a huge believer that the energy we put out into the world is reflected back to us. The universe responds to my energy, and I try my hardest to only put out positive vibes so that I can attract positive back. That’s not to say I don’t have my bad days when I fall into my own “pity party”. But I always look for a way to pick myself up and get back on my Journey, looking forward to what life has to offer. Having an Alinker would help me expand what life has to offer. With an Alinker my horizons are limitless!

I promise I will pay it forward. Native Americans have a tradition called “otuha”, which means giveaway. We have always believed that the more you give, the more you receive back. I have always tried to live my life that way, and have always tried to give whenever asked. I’ve always been better at the giving part than the asking part... lol. But now I am in a position where I must ask.

If you can help in any way, it will be appreciated more than you can know. Blessings, and 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

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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