Axes Gives Back: Camp Circle Star

Axes Physical Therapy supports Camp Circle Star in May 2023! Axes Physical Therapy Foundation supports different St. Louis-based charities every month.


Axes is a small, locally owned and operated physical therapy company serving our communities in the Greater St. Louis Missouri and Illinois area. We’re fortunate to be able to offer our services at 18 locations, with the mission to help as many people as possible. Our profession is all about helping others and giving back. Through the service of physical and occupational therapy, we give our patients’ their livelihoods, lifestyles, and abilities back. Since giving back is the fundamental reason that our organization exists, it was important to the ownership and staff of Axes Physical Therapy to make sure that we are doing all that we can to give back to the communities we love.

In early 2022, Axes launched the Axes Physical Therapy Foundation to take our giving to the next level. Each month, Axes partners with a local, staff nominated charitable organizations to donate food, goods, clothes, and funds through our “Wear Jeans, Change Lives” initiative. Employees of Axes contribute to a St. Louis area charitable cause by automatic payroll deduction, this money goes directly into the Axes Foundation, and our employees get to wear jeans to work on Fridays. Our 2023 donations totaled over $54,000!

In the last few months of 2023, Axes supported The BackStoppers, Inc in March, CHADS’ Coalition for Mental Health in April, and up next, Camp Circle Star in May!

Inspired by their daughter, Erin, who was born with Cri du Chat Syndrome, Joe and Renee Eickmeier founded the Erin Eickmeier Foundation (now Camp Circle Star) in 2003. Since that time, Camp Circle Star has provided local agencies with financial support and has hosted day camps for children with disabilities. Renee is a speech/language pathologist with over twenty years of experience working with children with developmental disabilities. Her experience as a parent and therapist has driven her to provide day camp options for children who may have been unsuccessful at more traditional camps.

At Camp Circle Star, they believe in modifying the environment to meet the individual needs of their campers and residents. They have found that if we change their approach, methods, or physically alter a camper’s surroundings, they set them up for success and enjoyment. The goal is fun, contentment and happiness. They achieve that through learning about our campers, adjusting our camp curriculum to meet their needs, and keeping the anxiety level low. Most children with special needs thrive on individual attention. That is what they provide at Camp Circle Star. 1:1 supervision is given to all campers, so that they may explore, engage, and enjoy all the camp activities at the highest possible level. Camp Circle Star’s long term goals include opening an adult day programming site at the Circle Star Ranch, and opening an independent supported living site in the St. Louis metro area for adults with disabilities to live and thrive.

Thank you for reading on and for your support – from awareness to donations – it’s all appreciated. With your help, together we can truly make the world a better place.

Join Axes in support of Camp Circle Star by donating to the Axes Physical Therapy Foundation HERE or at any of our 18 Greater St. Louis Area locations.

Helping you is what we do… and we love doing it.

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Axes Physical Therapy supports Camp Circle Star in May 2023! Axes Physical Therapy Foundation supports different St. Louis-based charities every month.