Awareness Ribbon Color Meanings

Learn the different Awareness Ribbon Color Meanings and the health issues and/or social causes each of them support or help bring awareness to.

Awareness ribbons are short pieces of ribbon folded into a loop, or representations of such. They are an emblem that shows empathy; a symbol that represents awareness to health issues; a way to show support and bring public attention to a specific “cause”; they signal concern for others and expresses a “hope for a cure”.

Awareness ribbon color meanings are not only pinned to clothing to show ones support they are also used in jewelry and stamped onto various products. They also take the form of stickers, bumper stickers or magnets and are frequently affixed to vehicles. Larger awareness ribbons are often tied around trees and poles or attached to doors.

Many groups have adopted Awareness Ribbon Color Meanings as symbols of support or awareness, and as a result, some colors have several meanings as they support several causes. Some causes may also be represented by more than one color.

Below is a List of Awareness Ribbon Color Meanings:

Blue Ribbon: Anti-Second Hand Smoke, Anti-Tobacco, Drunk Driving, Education, Freedom of Speech

Dark Blue Ribbon: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - ARDS, Arthritis, Child Abuse Prevention, Colon Cancer, Domestic Violence, Epstein-Barr Virus - EBV, Hurricane Support, Hystoicytosis, Interstitial Cystitis, Leukodystrophy, Myositis, Police Officers Lost in theLine of Duty ("The Thin Blue Line"), Reye's Syndrome, Victim Rights, Water Safety (flooding, drowning, and accidents)

Light Blue Ribbon: Edward's Syndrome, Graves-Basedow Disease, Lymphedema, Pro-Choice, Prostate Cancer, Scleroderma, Trisomy 18, Thyroid Disease

Brown Ribbon: Anti-Tobacco, Colorectal Cancer

Burgundy Ribbon: Cesarean Section, Headaches/Migraines, Hospice Care, Multiple Myeloma, Thrombophilia

Cream Ribbon: Paralysis, Spinal Cord Injuries, Spinal Diseases or Disorders, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Gold Ribbon: Childhood cancer, COPD and breast feeding

Gray Ribbon: Allergies, Asthma, Brain Cancer/Brain Tumors, Diabetes

Green Ribbon: Bipolar Disorder, Campaign for Open Adoption Records, Cerebral Palsy, Depression, Ecology/Environment, Glaucoma, Health, Kidney Cancer/Kidney Disease, Leukemia, Mental Health, Mitochondrial Disease, Missing Children, Neural Tube Defects, Organ & Tissue Donor, Ovarian Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Safe Driving, Save the Earth, Go Green, Recycling

Light Green Ribbon: Celiac Disease, Chronic Pelvic Pain

Lime Green Ribbon: Lyme Disease, Lymphoma, Sanhoff Disease

Lace Ribbon: Osteoporosis

Lavender Ribbon: All Cancer - General Cancer Awareness, Epilepsy, Foster Care, Rett Syndrome

Orange Ribbon: Hunger Awareness, Leukemia, Lupus, Motorcycle Safety Awareness, Reflex Sympathitic Dystrophy, Roadway Construction Worker Safety - Honoring those who died on the job, Agent Orange Exposure, Racial Tolerance, Cultural Diversity

Pearl Ribbon: Lung Cancer/Lung disease, Mesothelioma, Multiple Sclerosis

Peach Ribbon: endometrial cancer, uterine cancer

Periwinkle: pulmonary hypertension, eating disorders, stomach cancer, GERD, IBS

Pink Ribbon: Breast Cancer, Birth Parents, Cleft Palate

Purple Ribbon: Alzheimer's Disease, Animal Abuse, Cancer Survivor, Children with Disabilities, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Domestic Violence, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Homeless, Leimyosarcoma, Lupus, Macular Degeneration, Pancreatic Cancer, Sarciodosis, Sjogran's Syndrome, Thyroid Disease, Victims of 9/11 - Including Police & Firefighters

Dark Purple Ribbon: Chiari Malformation

Red Ribbon: UI Awareness, Heart Disease, HIV/AIDS (World AIDS Day), Love, MADD/DARE, Pro-Life, Substance Abuse, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) (WPW), Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

Silver Ribbon: Elderly Abuse, Children with physical or learning disabilities, Mental Illness, Parkinson's Disease, Stroke

Teal Ribbon: Myasthenia Gravis, Ovarian, Cervical, Uterine Cancer, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Sexual Violence, Spaying & Neutering Pets, Substance Abuse, Tourtette Syndrome

Turquoise Ribbon: Addiction Recovery, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), Interstitial Cystitis (IC Network Designation), Native American Reparations

White Ribbon: Adoption, Alzheimer's Disease, Bone Disease, Bone Cancer, Child Exploitation/Abuse, Diabetes, Free Speech, Innocence, Lung Cancer, Make Poverty History, Multiple Sclerosis, Peace, Pope John Pual II - "Rest in Peace", Purity, Retinoblastoma, Right to Life, Sexual Assault, Victims of Terrorism

Yellow Ribbon: Adoptive Parents, Bladder Cancer, Deployed Soldiers, Endometriosis, Hope, Hydrocephalus, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Missing Children/Amber Alert, Missing Person, Sarcoma, Suicide, Suicide Prevention, Support Our Troops, Testicular Cancer

Yellow (Pale) Ribbon: Spina Bifida

Yellow (Sunflower) Ribbon: Sarcome

Awareness Ribbon Color Meanings for Striped and Multiple Color:

Striped and multi color Awareness Ribbons are a great way to show support and bring public attention to a specific "Cause".  Each striped or multi Color Ribbon has a meaning which is connected to it.  Most colors have several meanings although some are more commonly known than others. Click here to see a list of stripped and multi color awareness ribbons and their specific meanings.

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