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

Day Surgery Buddy

Hi, I’m the Day Surgery Buddy! I joined the Shadow Buddies Foundation as support for any and every child diagnosed with an illness or undergoing medical treatment. So whether your kiddo is going to the hospital or an outpatient facility for medical procedures, treatments or surgery, I’ll be there! I don’t represent any specific medical condition and come with a belly button, brightly colored gown, a big smile and loving, heart-shaped eyes.

Tracheostomy Buddy

Hi, I’m the Tracheostomy Buddy! I’m specially made to be a friend for your child or loved one who’s “just like me” and I’m also a great teaching tool for medical professionals to educate both patients and family members. I’m soft and huggable, ready to make sure your child knows they are never alone. I come with a pediatric trach tube connector inserted on the neck to help mimic your child’s condition. I’ll be individually packaged, with a colorful gown, heart shaped eyes for love and a big smile!

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


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!