Special Buddies for Special Children®

Miles of Smiles: Sharing Hope, Compassion and Friendship

Backpack Buddies for Summer Specialty Camps

Princess Parties: Helping Girls Feel Pampered and Pretty

24th Annual Gala

Mark your calendar and save the date for our 24th Annual Gala, The Crown Jewels of Kansas City. Join us for an evening with Matt and Amanda Besler of Sporting Kansas City. The event will be a beautiful evening full of dining, dancing, and fundraising, all in support of The Shadow Buddies Foundation. Please join us for our evening of fun on Friday, September 20th at the Doubletree by Hilton in Overland Park. 

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Check out how incredible this year’s Golf Classic was! The funds raised from the tournament will benefit the Shadow Buddies Foundation Backpack Program supporting medically challenged children going to camp and Summer Youth Programs through the Armourdale Renewal Association.

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

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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?

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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!


Shadow Buddies on KMBC News

Shadow Buddies on KMBC News

A special benefit this week benefits the Shadow Buddies Foundation, a local non-profit group that helps kids cope with unimaginable health issues. 24 years ago, Marty Postlethwait made the first "shadow buddy" for her son, Miles, who was born with congenital health...

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Neighbors on the Fairway

Neighbors on the Fairway

Neighbors on the Fairway - Shadow Buddies Please read about our recent article featured under community events. This wonderful article was written by: Linda Cruse and Molly DeCoursey.

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Miles Postlethwait – Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat

Miles Postlethwait – Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat

Honoring Miles Postlethwait with the Shadow Buddies Foundation, who helped his mother, Marty, co-found the Shadow Buddies Foundation at the young age of 8 years old.  Miles faced multiple medical challenges himself throughout childhood, and created a “Buddy” to help...

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