Axes Gives Back March 2021: Shriner’s Hospitals for Children

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Our patients are at the heart of everything we do. They inspire us to continue our mission of improving the lives of children and families.

-Shriner’s Hospitals for Children

Axes is a small, locally owned and operated physical therapy company serving our communities in the Greater St. Louis area. We’re fortunate to be able to offer our services at 12 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. Each month, Axes partners with a local, staff nominated charitable organization 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 and get to wear jeans to work on Fridays. In the later months of 2020 and early 2021, we are honored to have given back New Hope Resource Center, St. Patrick Center, Bree’s Gift, Five Acres Animal Shelter, and for the coming month of March 2021, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children has a mission to:

  • Provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries, and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered, and collaborative care environment.
  • Provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals.
  • Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families.  

Greg Nicholas (physical therapist and clinic director at our Arnold location), his wife, Amy, and their daughters began hosting children through  Children’s Medical Mission West in 2017. In the past 4 years, they have had the opportunity to provide a home to 5 children, ages 5 months to 20 years, while they are in the United States receiving medical and orthopedic care at Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis. This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin, or the ability of a patient or family to pay and this is evident in the care provided to the kids that the Nicholas family hosts.

Greg and Amy have had children with arthrogryposis, club feet, Blount’s disease, and undiagnosed leg deformities. These children come from impoverished countries where they do not have the ability to be treated for their impairments, such as Haiti, St. Lucia, and West Africa. Shriners has provided surgical treatment, recreational therapy, occupational therapy, orthotics, splints, physical therapy, nursing, and pharmacological support for children in their care – for free – and they provide this care with exceptional love.

The parents of these children send their children to America with the hope that the disability, that so negatively impacts their lives, might be improved, but Shriners Hospital does so much more than improve their physical impairment. Every single employee makes it their mission to help rewrite the story of these children and their families’ lives. These kids go home with a new outlook on life. They are not only physically better, but they are also more confident and ready to take on a whole new world of opportunities they wouldn’t have had before. Your donations to Shriners Hospitals – St. Louis make this possible. Your donations allow stories to be re-written every single day.

Thank you to our Axes patients, staff, friends, and clients for your continued support of our small business, assisting those in need, and contributing to our greatest mission – to give back.

Helping you is what we do.

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