Special Buddies for Special Children®

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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!


Tony and October Gonzalez and the Shadow Buddies Foundation

Tony and October Gonzalez and the Shadow Buddies Foundation

On Thursday, January, 18th, 2018, Tony and October Gonzalez and the Shadow Buddies Foundation, visited the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and handed out Shadow Buddies to the patients. For 23 years, Tony has been dedicated to visiting children and brightening...

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Sweetheart, Will You Be My Valentine?

Sweetheart, Will You Be My Valentine?

Our own sweetheart, Heart Buddy, wants to wish you and your child or loved one a Happy Valentine's Day from The Shadow Buddies Foundation. With a chest incision and a mended heart, Heart Buddy was the first Shadow Buddy and has continued to be a friend, sweetheart and...

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