Help Wendy #keepmoving with an #Alinker so she can get #backtoraces at #thebeach
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Hi my name is Wendy. My husband and I own a race car, a Sportsman to be exact. We have been racing for years. I grew up in racing, my dad raced open wheeled modified and I was his pit crew for awhile. I then went to become his artistic director. This was before the "skins" became available and affordable. I drew and painted whatever he wanted on his cars and helmets. I was also hired by other drivers.

I then became the EMT at the track he raced at. By day I was a Quality Engineer and by night and weekends I was an EMT /First Responder for the local race tracks. Even when my dad was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and knew that he only had two years to live, he continued to work at the race track. They held a moment of silence for him in honor of him.

When I met my husband, we bought a piece of junk car and made it into a "road warriors". He has been racing for over 35 years. We raced at the tracks around us in Michigan and Indiana. We have trophies that stand taller than me. He holds championship trophies from tracks from all over the place. He's even been featured in a NASCAR hardcover book.

When we moved to Florida we brought our racecar with us. We bought our house just five minutes away from the local track. The first night we unloaded the car from the trailer we won the feature.!! We turned a lot of heads that night and we are still turning heads. Since then we have won a couple of championship titles and countless features.

You had to worry about my husband on the track but you had to worry about me in the pits. That was my car, my driver, and my husband so you best not "do him dirty". If you know anything about racing you know what those three words mean. I will defend him to the end. I may be tiny standing only at 5'1", but I will take down a person who stands 8'5"without any hesitation. I will come flying at you with whatever I find. And if you have enough guts to come into my pit... Oh my lord...

Numerous times I have been grounded to my pit and various times I have been called out at the drivers meeting asking me if there was going to be any problems? My husband would always worry about me causing him to be "black flagged"

We then decided to take a chance and change the car to a Sportsman.

This racing family is completely different. More money and more respect goes into these cars. I was my husbands spotter. I always belted him in, did stats, kept him hydrated, you name it. I was his crew chief.

Now I am sidelined at home. There is not enough room for wheelchair in the truck, what with all of the race gear. Besides he can't worry about me while he is there. Drivers get in the mode and their attention is elsewhere. Even though I am capable of entertaining myself, he said his mind would not be fully on racing. I decided that it would not be fair for him.

He races without a spotter because he wants to keep the tradition of just him and I. We have a way of doing things.

Being at home isn't the same. Sure I can see his time via the transponders and I still get to talk to him. But I don't get to smell the burnt rubber and racing fuel. I don't get to eat greasy cheeseburgers and chili cheese fries with an ice cold Pepsi. I don't get to feel the adrenaline of the race laps and the accidents. I don't get to lose my voice from screaming. I miss the racing family and fans.

Anyone who knows racing knows exactly what I mean.

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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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