Color Meanings for Striped and
Multi Color Awareness Ribbons

Awareness ribbons are short pieces of ribbon folded into a loop, or representations of such, which are used in the United States, Canada, Australia, UK and other parts of the world as a way for wearers of the ribbon(s) to make a statement of support for a cause or social issue.

Awareness ribbons are a way to give support and bring public attention to a specific “cause”; an emblem that expresses empathy; a symbol that serves awareness to health issues; they signal concern for others and show optimism in “hope for a cure”.

The use of ribbons is designed to draw awareness and show support to health and other issues and the meaning behind the ribbon depends on its color.

The most well-known is the red ribbon for support of those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), the pink awareness ribbon which denotes breast cancer awareness and the yellow ribbon to support our troops . There are lots of other health and social concerns which have also adopted colored ribbons and many of them use striped and multiple colors to show support and bring awareness to their causes.

Striped and multi color Awareness Ribbons are a way for wearers of the ribbon(s) to make a statement of support for a cause or social issue.. Below is a partial list of the different Awareness Ribbons that use multiple or striped colors and the causes associated with them, arranged in alpha order by color. Some causes share the same colors while others are represented by more than scheme.

Awareness Ribbon Color Meanings for Striped and Multiple Color:

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Black & Light Blue Ribbon: Loss of a Son

Black and Pink Ribbon: Loss of Daughter, Sister, Mother, Aunt or other female, Bone Marrow Donor

Black & White Ribbon: Anit-Racism, Carcinoid Cancer, Diversity, Transitions, Vaccine Awareness

Black & White Striped Ribbon: Animal Conservation, Anti-Racism

Black, White & Black 3 Stripe Ribbon: Vaccine Danger, 911 Victims

Blue and Silver Ribbon: Coping with Cancer

Blue and White Ribbon: Teen Cancer

Blue and White Pinstriped Ribbon: ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)

Blue and Yellow Ribbon: Designated Driver, Down Syndrome

Gold and Black Ribbon: Platelet Donor

Gold and Silver Ribbon: Hearing Disorders or Impairments, Meniere's Disease, Tinnitus

Ivory, Burgundy & Ivory 3 Stripe Ribbon: Oral Cancer, Neck Cancer, Head Cancer

Jigsaw Puzzle Ribbon: Autism, Asperger Syndrome

Light Pink and Light Blue Ribbon: Pro Life, Prematurity, Birth Defects, Infertility, SIDS, Miscarriage, Male Breast Cancer

Lime Green & Aqua Ribbon: Adult Stem Cell Donor

Orchid & Orange Ribbon: Psoriasis

Pearl and White Ribbon: Lung Cancer (non-smoker)

Pink and Teal Ribbon: Gynecological & Breast Cancer, Hereditary Breast Cancer

Purple and Blue Ribbon: Pedatric Strike

Purple & Green Ribbon: Hospice/Palliative Care

Purple & Yellow Ribbon: Autoimmune Hepatitis, Chemical Injury, Lupus with Endometriosis

Purple & White Striped Ribbon: Relapsing Polychondritis

Purple, Teal and Pink Ribbon: Thyroid Disease, Hashimoto's Disease

Teal and Pink Ribbon: Gynecological & Breast Cancer, Hereditary Breast Cancer

Teal and Purple Ribbon: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

Teal and White Ribbon: Cervical Cancer

Red and Blue Ribbon: Congenital Heart Defects or Disease, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Noonan's Syndrome, Pulmonary Fibrosis, SADS

Red & Yellow Ribbon: Hepatitis C

Red & White Ribbon: Aplastic Anemia, DVT, Head and Neck Cancer, Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, Oral Cancer, Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Red & Yellow Ribbon: Hepatitis C

Red, White, & Blue Stripe Ribbon: Fireworks Safety, Flag, National Support, Patriotism, 9/11 Heroes and Victims, Safety (USA)

Red, White, & Red Stripe Ribbon: Leukemia, Lymphoma

Red & White Ribbon: Aplastic Anemia, DVT, Head and Neck Cancer, Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, Oral Cancer, Squamous Cell Carcinoma

White with Red Polka Dots: Chronic Urticaria (Hives), Auto Immune Disease. (Not Aids or HIV)

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What Color Awareness Ribbon
do You Wear and Why?

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