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

24th Annual Gala

Mark your calendar and save the date for our 24th Annual Gala, The Crown Jewels of Kansas City. Join us for an evening with Matt and Amanda Besler of Sporting Kansas City. The event will be a beautiful evening full of dining, dancing, and fundraising, all in support of The Shadow Buddies Foundation. Please join us for our evening of fun on Friday, September 20th at the Doubletree by Hilton in Overland Park. 

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Check out how incredible this year’s Golf Classic was! The funds raised from the tournament will benefit the Shadow Buddies Foundation Backpack Program supporting medically challenged children going to camp and Summer Youth Programs through the Armourdale Renewal Association.

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!


Miles Postlethwait – Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat

Miles Postlethwait – Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat

Honoring Miles Postlethwait with the Shadow Buddies Foundation, who helped his mother, Marty, co-found the Shadow Buddies Foundation at the young age of 8 years old.  Miles faced multiple medical challenges himself throughout childhood, and created a “Buddy” to help...

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The Shadow Buddy System

The Shadow Buddy System

Shadow Buddies was featured in the TODAY KANSAS CITY Magazine. Spring. Volume 3. Issue 1. To see our article about Shadow Buddies click below to view the pages : Page 1 Page 2 Page 3  

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Bartending for Buddies

Bartending for Buddies

Mike Anderson, Dealer Principal at Anderson Ford, worked as the celebrity bartender with his wife Sue to raise money for the Shadow Buddies Foundation. He worked as a bartender for the night, and raised almost $8,000 in tips alone, as well as a donation of $10,000...

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