Special Buddies for Special Children®

Backpack Buddies for Summer Specialty Camps

Pink Parties: Helping Girls Feel Pampered and Pretty

Holiday Hugs: Our Annual Toy Drive

Upcoming Events

Buddy of the Month

Down Syndrome Buddy

Hi, I’m the Down Syndrome Buddy! Just like your child, I’m special in that I have an extra chromosome and I’m here to offer a positive opportunity to communicate to others that we’re still just like them. Healthcare professionals use me to dispel misconceptions about Down Syndrome and instill confidence through education and medical play therapy. With my sweet smile and huggable softness, I’m great for your child to have and to hold.

Survivor Buddy

Hi, I’m the Survivor Buddy! I’m a special Buddy for men and women with breast cancer. I come not only to comfort adults but also to educate their children, grandchildren and family members about changes which will happen to their bodies. I come with thinning hair from chemotherapy, a mastectomy scar, port and a scarf for my head. A big pink ribbon is attached to my gown to support breast cancer awareness.

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

Donate

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!

Volunteer

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?

Events

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!

News

Thank You to ReeceNichols of Overland Park

Thank You to ReeceNichols of Overland Park

A big thank you to ReeceNichols in Overland Park for their awesome work packaging and delivering 315 Shadow Buddies to Children’s Mercy Hospital! Our original goal was to package and deliver 100 Shadow Buddies but they met and surpassed that goal astonishing us all...

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Buddy of the Month: October

Buddy of the Month: October

Meet our Buddies of the Month for October, and as always if you don’t see a Buddy who meets your child’s needs please let us know. We are always open to suggestions! Meet Survivor Buddy Hi, I’m the Survivor Buddy! I’m a special Buddy for men and women with breast...

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Buddy of the Month: September

Buddy of the Month: September

Meet our Buddy of the Month for September, and as always if you don't see a Buddy who meets your child's needs please let us know. We are always open to suggestions! Meet Oncology Buddy Hi, I’m the Oncology Port-A-Cath Buddy! I joined the Shadow Buddies Foundation to...

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