Special Buddies for Special Children®

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.

Buddy of the Month

Heart Buddy

Hi, I’m the Heart Buddy! Designed to be a friend “just like me” for your child, I’m also great as a teaching tool! I was the very first Buddy to join the family when Miles Postlethwait had numerous heart surgeries after he was born. Since then, doctors, nurses, child life professionals and others have used Shadow Buddies to chase away fears, provide comfort and education your child and other young patients through medical play therapy. I have an incision down my chest and a red, mended heart. I also come with a big, friendly smile, heart-shaped eyes and a brightly colored gown!

Meet The Buddies

Get Involved


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?


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!


HoKCey and Hope for the Holidays with the Mavericks

HoKCey and Hope for the Holidays with the Mavericks

We are thrilled to have developed a new partnership with the Missouri Mavericks Hockey team! The Mavericks are a part of the East Coast Hockey League, a mid-level professional league that includes teams and conferences all over the country. We are all eager to start...

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Upcoming Shadow Buddy Events

Upcoming Shadow Buddy Events

Shadow Buddies has a lot of amazing events coming up during the holidays all over the country, as well as right here in Kansas City! UMKC Charity Basketball Tournament What goes together better than basketball and Shadow Buddies? Join us on Thursday, November 17th,...

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Holiday Hugs Toy Drive

Holiday Hugs Toy Drive

The holidays can be a rough time, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to bring warmth and cheer to those who may be in short supply right now. On October 24 we kicked off our annual “Holiday Hugs & Toy Drive Program” that will run through December 2, 2016. The program provides toys and our own Shadow Buddies to hundreds of Kansas City metro families.

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