Special Buddies for Special Children®

Miles of Smiles: Sharing Hope, Compassion and Friendship

Backpack Buddies for Summer Specialty Camps

Pink Parties: Helping Girls Feel Pampered and Pretty


We are gearing up for 2020’s Shoot for the Kids event! This annual event features a BBQ lunch, demonstration, and team shooting. Click the link below to learn more about this special day.

Fantasy Flight

Thank you to everyone that helped make the Fantasy Flight an incredible experience! With Santa and his helpers, the galactic legends of Star Wars, and the help of many more loveable heroes, the North Pole was a special place for children to feel loved and celebrated. Please join us next year for our Fantasy Flight!

Welcome to The Shadow Buddies Foundation

We work to spread Miles of Smiles to children across the world!

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Since 1995, The Shadow Buddies Foundation has been bringing smiles, hope and companionship to medically challenged children across the country and around the world in the form of cuddly, plush Buddies.

Our Shadow Buddies are a representation that your child, regardless of any illness they may have, is never alone, that they can proudly proclaim they have a friend “just like me.”

Help the Shadow Buddies Foundation spread love and education to these special children and their families; you can donate your time, money and even Buddies, themselves, to make a difference in the life of a child.

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Help us educate families during a trying time in their lives; consider donating to the Shadow Buddies Foundation. We appreciate all gifts, no matter how great or small!


We’re always looking for volunteers to share their time for children that are struggling with illness or disability. Are you ready to join our family?

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We hold many different types of events, all year round, including our Annual Golf Classic, Pink Parties, Shoot for the Kids, Sassy Senior Day and more!


Experience the Fantasy Flight

Experience the Fantasy Flight

Recently, 50 of our pediatric patients received the trip of a lifetime when they got a chance to fly to the North Pole right before Christmas to see Santa. Thank you to The Shadow Buddies Foundation, United and Kansas City International Airport for making...

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Fantasy Flight Visits the North Pole

Fantasy Flight Visits the North Pole

The North Pole received a visit on Saturday, December 14th from children living with special needs or a rare medical condition. The flight was a huge success that included Elves, Superheros and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus! Click on the link to hear all about it!...

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