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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Symbolic Meaning of Colors
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Color Meanings for Striped and Multi Color Awareness Ribbons
Learn the meaning behind different Awareness Ribbons that use multiple or striped colors and the issues or causes associated with them.
Learn the Meaning of: Beige, Black, Blue, Brown, Gold, Gray, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, Turquoise, White, Yellow
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