Meet our Buddies of the Month for November, and as always if you don’t see a Buddy who meets your child’s needs please let us know. The Shadow Buddies Foundation is always open to suggestions!

Meet Preemie Buddy

Hi, I’m the Preemie Buddy! I’m made of soft sheepskin material and dressed in a pink or blue layette so that I’m ready to provide companionship, comfort and be a tool for the NICU staff for your newest addition to the family. I’m approximately 7″ tall and weigh 14oz.; I’ll be there to bond with your baby soon after the birth of your preemie.
I can go straight with the baby to the NICU and placed in the incubator, and Mom and/or Dad can wear the layette next to their skin for a day or two so that their smell can be absorbed in the layette material.

Preemie Buddy

Meet Diabetic Buddy

Hi, I’m the Diabetic Buddy! Just like your child, I’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, but I know that we can learn to cope with it together. Medical professionals use me to help chase away fears and restore confidence, as well as for play therapy and for education. I especially love to teach kids that it’s important to be responsible and always have their supplies on-hand.

I come individually packaged and in a brightly colored gown. I also have finger pricks that signify my glucose testing and am embroidered with a lifelike insulin pump.

Diabetic Buddy


Your child’s buddy can be customized to meet your needs! We offer three skin tone and hair color options with outfit customizations to boot!

For a full list of our buddies please visit the link below, and if you don’t see a buddy that matches your kiddos needs let us know.

Meet the Buddies


Help our Kansas City charity programs bring awareness of various conditions to the public, and bring hope and comfort to sick or disabled children. Support our charity by calling The Shadow Buddies Foundation today at 913 642-4646, donating online or checking out our Buddies.