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I want to walk through life, not limp! #Alinker #movementofkindness
$2,200 pledged
100% of $2.2k goal
15 contributors
0 days left
Ended Jan 4, 2020

My name's Luce Marie, I'm 38. On social media (Instagram or Facebook) I've been known as Missy Kea for a while now (My friends used to call me Miss Ikea, since I used to break my bones too often, which lead to Missy Kea because I couldn't use a brand name on social media ). I'm a single mom of 2 teenagers and a foster mom for another one. I've lived with mobility issues for more than 18 years now and I've lost a lot over the years.

Most of my relatives and closes one don't really understand what I am going through (some don't even believe me) ... Especially since no diagnosis have been made so far. I don't blame them, I understood over the years that you have to experience something similar to fulky understand what it means to live with an invisible illness. Still, it's not easy to deal with judgment and scepticism but I try by all means not to be what I am struggling with.

Since I discovered the Alinker and the Alinker community, I feel less isolated and I realized that I can turn my life around if I give myself the means. I finally feel like I belong. For the first time since I've first experienced mobility issues I'm not alone and I interact with people I understand, who understand what I'm going through and never judge.

I'm tired of being trapped in my house... to be left behind most of the time... I want to be active, to interact, to do whatever I want, whenever I want. To do so I have to be able to move more and especially outside of the safety of my home. I have no other choice, I can't even recognize myself anymore.

I used to be such an active person. I am very curious of everything and love to visit historical monuments, museums or just cities. With an Alinker I could travel from time to time again for example. I could enjoy a full day outside of the house.

I work at home and do small jobs here and then.. but it would be amazing to work in a social environment again. I also would love to go back in UK with my children and allow them to discover the language and the culture I love so much.

My wonderful and very dynamic puppy dog named Olaf, is a great companion. He has so much patience with me but he's eager to learn tricks and move more. It would be awesome to take long walks with him like I used to do with my other dogs before, for now only my children can take him.

I wish someday I will be able to fulfill the dream I have to live abroad for a few years. As long as I can't be self-sufficient it's something I have to leave aside. But if I'm active enoigh and can handle daily tasks by myself... who knows... It could happen one day.

The Alinker is a real life changer (I've seen how people respond to its use and it's quite amazing) , combined with my physical therapy it would definitely make a tremendous difference for me and my family (Olaf included of course ).

So, I'm asking... "Can you show up for me?" "Can you help me get back on my feet?" Any contribution will be greatly appreciated.

But whatever you can or want to do to help my campaign , if you read my story I am already thankful. Thank you so much for the support, the love, the involvement and the contribution you're giving me.

The funds needed to meet my goal are U.S. currency and include the shipping cost for France, thank you for reading my campaign, donating and sharing!

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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