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

Identification (ID) Buddy

Hi, I’m the Identification Buddy! Life will always be full of uncertainties and difficulties for everyone. Kids need help in recognizing their problems, taking action and resolving them. And because some children aren’t old enough to do things on their own and need a little extra help just to get started, I’m here to fulfill that need. Unlike the other Buddies, I don’t have a face, so healthcare workers can easily use me in roleplaying and counseling. Your kid can draw his or her own face on me and express how they see themselves. I offer much-needed emotional support by being a friend that’s “just like me” to your child and am available for hugs at a moment’s notice!

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!


A Big Thank You to Teva Pharmaceuticals

A Big Thank You to Teva Pharmaceuticals

The Shadow Buddies Foundation has had the honor of being the recipient of a two-year grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals for the years 2017-2018. We have been fortunate enough to partner with Teva since 2014, in which time they have helped fund over 3,000 Respiratory...

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The Second Annual “Shoot For the Kids”

The Second Annual “Shoot For the Kids”

Shadow Buddies Foundation will host the 2nd Annual Shadow Buddies "Shoot for the Kids" at Saddle and Sirloin on Thursday, April 27, from 11 am- 5 pm. What You Can Expect at the Event "Shoot for the Kids" is a fun-filled day of sporting clay on the private course at...

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