Celebrating Love, Hugs & Smiles Since 1995

Miles of Smiles: Sharing Hope, Compassion and Friendship

Backpack Buddies for Summer Specialty Camps

Pink Parties: Helping Girls Feel Pampered and Pretty

13th Annual Shadow Buddies Golf Classic

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 13th annual Shadow Buddies Golf Classic!


26th Annual Shadow Buddies Gala

Buddies of the Month

Survivor / Breast Cancer Buddy

Ostomy Buddy

First Responder

Welcome to The Shadow Buddies Foundation, a Nonprofit Organization

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Since 1995, The Shadow Buddies Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Kansas City, 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. When children are faced with a health care challenge, they need a friend to bring along on their journey.

Our Shadow Buddies can be there to help your child feel safe and secure during a frightening medical experience. These plush pals help your child understand that no matter what type of illness they may have, they are never alone. Your child can proudly proclaim they have a friend “just like me.” 

If you believe in helping children in need, you can help the Shadow Buddies Foundation, a charitable organization, 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.

Reasons to Get Involved With a Kansas City Nonprofit Charitable Organization

We know that your time and money are valuable to you, and we appreciate every person who is willing to volunteer their time or make a charitable contribution to our organization. When you give your time or money, you become a part of the organization, and that sense of community and accomplishment can be a reward all its own.

There are a number of reasons to get involved in a charitable type of organization. Regardless of your skill level, your help is needed at our human services organization. 

  • Volunteering your time can bring you a sense of satisfaction, and you can get community service hours if you need them. Volunteering for a not-for-profit organization is also helpful for high school students who will soon be applying to colleges.
  • Donating to a charitable organization allows your money to go where you want it to go. Charitable donations are tax deductible.
  • Being a part of the nonprofit sector is good for the soul. 
  • Volunteering may not bring you income, but it could bring you skills. You could learn how to sew, learn how to work with children, and get a sense of what else you can do in life to help your fellow humans.

Get Involved

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Help us educate families during a trying time in their lives; consider donating to the Shadow Buddies Foundation, a public charity organization in Kansas City. Public charity donations are tax deductible. We appreciate all gifts of financial support, no matter how great or small!


We’re always looking for volunteers to share their time with children who are struggling with illness or disability. Are you ready to join our family and be a part of the philanthropic sector?



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We hold many different types of public charity events, all year round, including our Annual Golf Classic, Pink Parties, Shoot for the Kids, Sassy Senior Day and more!




EMS Week at Research Medical Center

EMS Week at Research Medical Center

This year, May 17th through the 23rd was National EMS Week and HCA Midwest Health Research Medical Center held a week’s work of festivities to honor their EMS workers. The Shadow Buddies Foundation was lucky enough to participate in one of the weeks activities. With...

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Neighbors On The Fairway

Neighbors On The Fairway

The Shadow Buddies Foundation was recently featured in the April edition of Neighbors on the Fairway. Access our PDF and download links or select the image below: The article touches on many different aspects of our organization. Throughout the article you will learn...

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Thank you MoKan Financial

Thank you MoKan Financial

Earlier this year, the Shadow Buddies Foundation was approached by a generous donor with a very unique fundraising opportunity. The donors name is Kyle Hammerschmidt and he is a Fiduciary Adviser with MoKan Financial in Overland Park, KS. Hammerschmidt informed us...

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