Axes Gives Back: The BackStoppers Inc.®

A safety net with no strings attached – since 1959.

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 into the Axes Foundation, and our employees get to wear jeans to work on Fridays. With these moneys, Axes supported St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital in January ’23, The Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) in February ’23, and in March ’23, Axes is supporting The BackStoppers, Inc!

The BackStoppers provides ongoing needed financial assistance and support to the spouses and dependent children of all police officers, firefighters and volunteer firefighters, and publicly-funded paramedics and EMTs in our coverage area who have lost their lives in the line of duty. In addition to their mission of supporting the families of fallen heroes, BackStoppers provides assistance to first responders who suffer a catastrophic injury performing their duty.

The BackStoppers supports families of fallen heroes by paying off all debt, providing health and dental insurance, reimbursing for out-of-pocket medical expenses, covering tuition and educational costs from day care through university, and assisting with miscellaneous extraordinary expenses.

  • Currently supports approximately 95 families with approximately 70 dependent children
  • Supported over 180 families since 1959
  • Provides roughly $2.5 million in assistance annually

The BackStoppers recognizes the tremendous sacrifices that these public servants make every day when they go to work. They understand the burdens placed on surviving spouses and children when tragedies occur. They believe our community has an obligation to care for the loved ones of those who have protected us. They accept the responsibility to make that happen – and Axes accepts the responsibility to support this work. Axes is so grateful that you share this journey with us – one of hope and promise for families who need a helping hand at a very critical time in their lives.

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

Join Axes in support of the The BackStoppers, Inc. 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 BackStoppers, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri