Special Buddies for Special Children®

Miles of Smiles: Sharing Hope, Compassion and Friendship

Backpack Buddies for Summer Specialty Camps

Princess Parties: Helping Girls Feel Pampered and Pretty

Join us for Bartending for Buddies at Dubious Claims Brewing Company

Join us for the Bartending for Buddies event with celebrity bartender Mike Anderson on Thursday, March 14th, 2019, at the Dubious Claims Brewing Company. All proceeds benefit Shadow Buddies.

4th Annual Shoot for the Kids

Join us for the 4th Annual “Shoot for the Kids” on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the Saddle and Sirloin Club. This event promises to be a thrilling day, delivering a high quality clay shoot at one of Kansas City’s premier locations. Join us as we raise money for our Courage Capes – Capes for Kids!

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.

Get Involved

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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!


A Cold and Snowy Start for the Pheasant Run

A Cold and Snowy Start for the Pheasant Run

It's a wrap! our first Pheasant Shoot was a cold day with the snow storm. Thank you to all of our teams and sponsors who got up early and braved the weather to help medically challenged children! Thanks to all of our shooters and CK Farms for providing...

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On December 8, 2018, we were a part of United Airlines' Fantasy Flight. Matthew Adams form United Airlines shared his take on the day. Check it out!As the aircraft made its descent, the passengers pulled their window shades shut and closed their eyes. With...

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