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

Ostomy Buddy

Hi, I’m the Ostomy Buddy! I joined the Shadow Buddies Foundation to be a teaching tool for healthcare professionals and a friend for your child who’s “just like me.” Learning to live with an ostomy can be tricky at first, but your child or loved one can quickly begin to adapt - with my help! I provide comfort and confidence, whether it’s learning how to change their bag or just knowing that others have ostomies too. I have a stoma with a detachable pouch and I’ll come individually packaged with a brightly colored gown, heart-shaped eyes for love and a great big smile!

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