Special Buddies for Special Children®

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2016

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HoKCey and Hope for the Holidays with the Mavericks

HoKCey and Hope for the Holidays with the Mavericks

We are thrilled to have developed a new partnership with the Missouri Mavericks Hockey team! The Mavericks are a part of the East Coast Hockey League, a mid-level professional league that includes teams and conferences all over the country. We are all eager to start...

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Upcoming Shadow Buddy Events

Upcoming Shadow Buddy Events

Shadow Buddies has a lot of amazing events coming up during the holidays all over the country, as well as right here in Kansas City! UMKC Charity Basketball Tournament What goes together better than basketball and Shadow Buddies? Join us on Thursday, November 17th,...

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Holiday Hugs Toy Drive

Holiday Hugs Toy Drive

The holidays can be a rough time, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to bring warmth and cheer to those who may be in short supply right now. On October 24 we kicked off our annual “Holiday Hugs & Toy Drive Program” that will run through December 2, 2016. The program provides toys and our own Shadow Buddies to hundreds of Kansas City metro families.

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Latest Testimonials

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"This is our five month old son, Patrick, and his Shadow Buddy. I had not heard of your organization until a friend of ours, whose son also received a Buddy recently, purchased one for him. Patrick has cerebral palsy and craniosynostosis and sees several different doctors and therapists. Although he's too young to understand now, I know it will help him as he gets older to have a buddy just like him!Thanks for all you do."

- Brieanne Hilton

"My oldest, Addison, received her first Shadow Buddy at Shawnee Mission Hospital last night. She broke her elbow and is now in surgery at children's mercy. We have not slept at all and it's been a rough night. My daughter was suffering serious anxiety when this ordeal started at the ER last night. I honestly believe when the nurse introduced her to her new 'buddy' it changed everything. She still had bouts of anxiety off and on and but that moment allowed her to relax and feel special. It gave her a chance to breathe. She needed it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you do. I now know firsthand the power of those little buddies."

- Addison’s Dad

"Today we did surgery on Carlos, my Shadow Buddy. And we put a gown on him and put a cast on him. We cut some paper to make a skin graft and we stapled it on his leg. I like him because he's fake and I can wrestle him. "

- Nelson — 6 Years old

"My buddies name is Sheila. I was pushing her in the stroller yesterday and I took her out and put her in the bed with me and she sleeps with me. When the nurse came she got some medicine too. I gave her some food. She looks cute and pretty."

- Brittany — 4 Years old

"My Shadow Buddy's name is Molly. She is five years old. She's sick. She has a stomach ache. The doctor helps her get better. She likes being in the hospital because she gets to play with toys."

- Mary — 9 Years Old