Special Buddies for Special Children®

Miles of Smiles: Sharing Hope, Compassion and Friendship

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On Saturday December 14th, a group of Shadow Buddy kids’ age 3-14 will fly over Kansas City and land in Kansas City at a gate that has been transformed as the “North Pole”. The winter wonderland will be completely decorated to look like the North Pole complete with about 25 different fully decorated Holiday Trees for the children to look at.

24th Annual Gala


Thank you to everyone that helped make the 24th Annual Gala, The Crown Jewels of Kansas City, a special night. The night was excellently hosted by Matt and Amanda Besler of Sporting Kansas City. The event was a beautiful evening full of dining, community, and fundraising, all in support of The Shadow Buddies Foundation. Please join us next year for our 25th Annual Gala!

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!

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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!


Shadow Buddies on KMBC News

Shadow Buddies on KMBC News

A special benefit this week benefits the Shadow Buddies Foundation, a local non-profit group that helps kids cope with unimaginable health issues. 24 years ago, Marty Postlethwait made the first "shadow buddy" for her son, Miles, who was born with congenital health...

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Neighbors on the Fairway

Neighbors on the Fairway

Neighbors on the Fairway - Shadow Buddies Please read about our recent article featured under community events. This wonderful article was written by: Linda Cruse and Molly DeCoursey.

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