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Meet the Buddies: Buddies for Sick Children

At the Shadow Buddies Foundation, our mission is to foster compassion and awareness of differences. Alongside programs and education, one way we pursue this mission is by offering a line of specially-made dolls (buddies). Each buddy is made to represent a child’s medical or emotional condition, with the goal of giving children with severe illnesses and disabilities a friend “just like me.” Each buddy is carefully researched and crafted in muslin, a durable cotton fabric.

Representation in Children’s Toys: Finding a Buddy “Just Like Me”

As most of us remember growing up with a favorite doll (or 10), we know how popular a toy it is and how prominent a role they played in developing our imaginations. As our children enjoy the same companionship a buddy can bring, it can be difficult in some instances to find one that they feel is like them. That’s why we’ve created heart buddies, seizure buddies, and down syndrome buddies, to name a few, to help bring positive opportunities to offer encouragement and education to all children.

Click on one of our buddies to learn more about them, customize, and order!