Awareness Ribbons! An interesting one to know

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.

The use of ribbons is designed to draw awareness to health issues and other issues. The most well-known is the red ribbon for support of those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and the pink awareness ribbon which denotes breast cancer awareness. There are lots of other health and social concerns which have also adopted colored ribbons.

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


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:

Below is a partial list of the different Awareness Ribbon color meanings 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.

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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Comment by Sanjeev Sharma on March 14, 2011 at 1:58pm

Good Concept...

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