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Help Christine #KeepMoving with an Alinker walking bike
$2,260 pledged
103% of $2.2k goal
38 contributors
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Ended Apr 11, 2021

Hi, I'm Christine, I'm 31 years old, and I live in Brooklyn, NY with my boyfriend and our two cats. I'm a video editor and have been living and working in the NYC area for 7 years. I'm a fast walker and always have been, especially in the city. I've always loved walking everywhere in the city and used to walk to work. This has unfortunately changed in recent years.

I was very active as a kid and teen despite having athletically induced asthma. It wasn't until I spoke to a new cardiologist that I was told my athletically induced asthma was actually POTS. Outdoor activity, walking, hills, heat-- they have all become much more challenging for me over the past year or two, but I attributed that to endometriosis  and small fiber neuropathy. I started learning more about autonomic neuropathy, Dysautonomia, POTS, and things started to make a lot of sense. 

I can't stand for more than 10-15 minutes. If I can't sit down I'll feel sick, dizzy, nauseous, out of breath, and overheated. I feel like I'm going to fall over. I eventually got used to simply sitting on the floor or ground if I couldn't find a seat anywhere, even at exhibits, museums, city streets. But walking on flat surfaces is usually okay for me. I do get fatigued with walking but if I can take a break and sit for a few minutes I'll be okay. But imagine if I could sit while using my legs to propel me, like a recumbent bike but as a mobility aid. That's what Alinker is. I have a cane and a rollator walker, but those don't prevent me from getting as fatigued from standing. I truly think Alinker would change my mobility entirely. I've recently been considering asking a doctor for a wheelchair prescription because even some shopping trips have become more difficult to get through, even with my rollator.

I love walking through the Brooklyn Botanic or the Greenwood Cemetery as well as local sculpture parks and outdoor museums in the Hudson Valley. I really think the Alinker would help me be able to go on these walks again with less fatigue or strain on my body. I also think it would make going to Comic Con's far more tolerable for me-- the last convention I went to was incredibly depressing as I realized I was too fatigued to attend most of the convention. I ended up skipping almost everything because I couldn't even walk the show floor for more than 20 minutes without feeling sick and needing a seat. I think Alinker would be a total life changer for me! 

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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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