October 29, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Earlier this week, Kansas City Chiefs' tight end Travis Kelce traded his football uniform for an outfit that would make any super hero proud: a cape and mask. Kelce transformed into "Super Shadow Buddy Hero" for a visit with pediatric patients at The University of Kansas Hospital.
In addition to providing some Halloween goodies, Kelce's foundation, Eighty-Seven & Running, joined forces with The Shadow Buddies Foundation to hand out "Super Heroes" Shadow Buddies to patients.
"It's awesome to go in and see a smile on their face, even if it's just from the candy," Kelce joked. "Either way, it's nice to be able to give them something that can get a smile on their face and help them get through some of the hard times."
Shadow Buddies provide emotional support to children facing health issues through condition-specific dolls that are designed to be "just like me." They also serve as a tool for physicians to provide a hands-on method of discussing conditions and treatments with newly diagnosed children and their families. Currently in its 20th year, there are over 28 Shadow Buddies to choose from that range in gender, skin tone and medical condition.