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Special Buddies for Special Children®

About Us

The Shadow Buddies Foundation is a non-profit children’s charitable organization devoted to providing support and knowledge to young children with severe illnesses and disabilities. With a mission to supply emotional support for severely ill children, the Shadow Buddies Foundation offers unique programs designed to enhance the lives of children and adults in Kansas City.

Our Charitable Organization’s History

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The Shadow Buddies Story

The Shadow Buddies Foundation began more than 20 years ago, from the heart of a mother. Discover our roots and the history behind our iconic thumbprint. When Miles Postlethwait was just four years old he gave his mother a sign that she’s carried with her ever since, a sign that everything was okay. She formed the Shadow Buddies Foundation charity so other children who need reassurance can know that everything will be okay. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring support and knowledge to children with illness and disability. Through our unique programs and condition-specific “Shadow Buddy” dolls, we make sure these special children have the companionship of someone just like them.

The Shadow Buddies Message

At the Shadow Buddies Foundation, we aim to reach as many medically challenged children as we possibly can to send them a message of hope, compassion and friendship.

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Our Board Members

Our charity’s board consists of a four person board of directors, with Ms. Marty Postlethwait acting as CEO, and eight members. There are four advisors to the board and five honorary advisors.

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The Shadow Buddies Team

We are honored to have an incredible group of people backing the Shadow Buddies Foundation, helping us spread miles of smiles across the country and across the world!

Our Sponsors

Without our incredible community partners and corporate sponsors, Shadow Buddies wouldn’t be able to spread our charitable organization’s message across the Kansas City region. Click to learn more and find out how to become a sponsor yourself!

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