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
Buddy of the Month
Down Syndrome Buddy
Hi, I’m the Down Syndrome Buddy! Just like your child, I’m special in that I have an extra chromosome and I’m here to offer a positive opportunity to communicate to others that we’re still just like them. Healthcare professionals use me to dispel misconceptions about Down Syndrome and instill confidence through education and medical play therapy. With my sweet smile and huggable softness, I’m great for your child to have and to hold.
Hi, I’m the Survivor Buddy! I’m a special Buddy for men and women with breast cancer. I come not only to comfort adults but also to educate their children, grandchildren and family members about changes which will happen to their bodies. I come with thinning hair from chemotherapy, a mastectomy scar, port and a scarf for my head. A big pink ribbon is attached to my gown to support breast cancer awareness.
Welcome to The Shadow Buddies Foundation
We work to spread Miles of Smiles to children across the world!
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.
A big thank you to ReeceNichols in Overland Park for their awesome work packaging and delivering 315 Shadow Buddies to Children’s Mercy Hospital! Our original goal was to package and deliver 100 Shadow Buddies but they met and surpassed that goal astonishing us all...read more
Meet our Buddies of the Month for October, and as always if you don’t see a Buddy who meets your child’s needs please let us know. We are always open to suggestions! Meet Survivor Buddy Hi, I’m the Survivor Buddy! I’m a special Buddy for men and women with breast...read more
Meet our Buddy of the Month for September, and as always if you don't see a Buddy who meets your child's needs please let us know. We are always open to suggestions! Meet Oncology Buddy Hi, I’m the Oncology Port-A-Cath Buddy! I joined the Shadow Buddies Foundation to...read more