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Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: The mission of the Shadow Buddies Foundation is to provide emotional support through education regarding illness, disability, or medical treatments. The foundation accomplishes this mainly through unique programs designed to enhance the lives of children and adults and increase compassion and understanding of differences. In pursuit of that mission, the foundation will continually raise funds, develop new programs, and build relationships between organizations with complimentary goals. It is the ulimate goal of  the Shadow Buddies Foundation to continue to develop partnerships so that we may be able to provide Shadow Buddies to hospitals and organizations at no charge. The Buddies are given to sick children upon their diagnosis or treatment. Designed to be both a friend and a teaching tool, the Buddy can help increase compassion and understanding while spanning the gap between treatment and awareness.

Results: Founded September 1995-Celebrating 15th Anniversary! Started with four Shadow Buddies in 1995, over 25 buddies in 2010 Shadow Buddies for boys & girls.  Available in light, medium, and dark skin tones To date, over 800,000 Shadow Buddies have been distributed Atlanta Falcons Tight-End, Tony Gonzalez has supported Shadow Buddies since 1996.  He was the first NFL player to have his own buddy. In 2009, the Matt Cassel Buddy (Kansas City Chiefs QB) and the David Cook Buddy (American Idol Winner) were added to the Shadow Buddies Family

Target demographics: Children who are facing a medical challenge or crisis between the ages of infant-18 Seniors citizens

Programs: 2010 marks the 14th year that NFL Tight-End Tony Gonzalez has partnered with the Shadow Buddies Foundation.  Through the combined efforts of both, Tony and the Shadow Buddies Foundation over 52,000 Tony Gonzalez buddies have been delivered to children.  He also sponsors a senior Shadow Buddies program helping thousands of senior residence in nursing homes. Over 6,200 Senior Buddies have been distributed to date. The Tony Gonzalez Buddies are all medium skin toned boys dressed in a Shadow Buddies t-shirt with his name and number 88 screened on the back and Atlanta Falcons shorts. Tony is also very involved in the "Know Your Buddy Book™" program promoting compassion and understanding through education for K-6th grade.

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