My name is Julia and even though I was born with cerebral palsy it is not usually a way I ever describe myself. Growing up I did not put limits on myself and what I could or could not do. I always tried if it was some...
My name is Julia and even though I was born with cerebral palsy it is not usually a way I ever describe myself. Growing up I did not put limits on myself and what I could or could not do. I always tried if it was something I wanted to do I tried and tried again. Sometimes it didn’t work out but most times, I could figure out a way to get things done. As I’ve become an adult I’m not as strong as I once was, but I have yet to give up my “unstoppable” spirit. Throughout the years I have found different ways to help myself stay independent and mobile. These have included surgeries, and therapy, a wheelchair, and my greatest blessing; a beautiful Mobility service dog named Hope. Read more about Hope and I here
Although these have all been things that have changed my life for the better, I still struggle with daily tasks. One of the best things about my wheelchair is that I can get out and go places without overexerting myself, but one of the worst things about my wheelchair is, I still need to ask for assistance more often than I would like because things are often out of reach and I do worry that I am losing what little strength I do have in my legs when using my chair. The day I was browsing online and an ad for the Alinker walking bike came up I thought to myself that is really cool and I shared it so other people could see it too, but when I went back and started reading about it I realized that not only would it be good for other people, But it could be an excellent tool for ME! Not only would I be more upright and able to do more things on my own I would also be able to stay active and use my legs without completely exhausting myself. Since I’ve been keeping up with the Alinker, I’ve noticed one really interesting thing when you see it out somewhere , you don’t immediately think oh look a poor disabled person but rather oh that’s cool I wonder where they got it?
Wow! Look at that! I would like to thank anyone who is considering making a donation to any of the #Alinker campaigns and helping everyone with their continuing mobility and independence !
Hope and I at work
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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
The campaigns are in Canadian $ (back end requirement on our side), the $2800 CAD includes the Alinker, shipping, process and campaign fees and our 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.
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 [email protected]. We can get a shipping quote to where you live, and include that in the campaign goal.
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 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!
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 us as a person.
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.
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.
Together we'll make this work, in kindness and from the heart
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