Special Buddies for Special Children®

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.

Buddy of the Month

Cleft Lip/Palate Buddy

Hi, I’m the Cleft Lip/Palate Buddy! I’m a friend that’s just like your little one and an excellent teaching tool for medical professionals to explain what’s going on with your child’s body. I’m also the perfect tangible support system to remind them that they are never, ever alone. I have a physical split in my upper lip that extends to my nose, heart-shaped eyes and a proud smile! I also come individually packaged and outfitted in a brightly colored gown.

Meet The Buddies

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!


Upcoming Events