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Awareness ribbon colors and their meanings.
Red = Aids/HIV, alcohol substance and drug abuse (includes inhalents), MADD, DARE, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Disaster relief, love, heart disease (also uses the red dress symbol), Stroke, supraventicular tachycardia, Wolff-parkinson-White Syndrom (WPW), Pro-life, hypertension, Evans Syndrome, Vasculitis, Wegener’s Granulomatosis
Orange = hunger, leukemia, cultural diversity and racial tolerance, feral cats, motorcycle safety, Multiple Sclerosis, self injury, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), Support of the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip and North Samaria (Israel), skin cancer (with a sun in the center of the loop), Underage Drinking, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Work zone safety, Highway and Road Worker Memorial, Agent Orange exposure, kidney cancer
Yellow = Support our troops, POW/MIA, suicide prevention, adoptive parents, spina biffida, missing children (amber alert), endometriosis, sarcoma (with or without a sunflower), myxoid liposarcoma, bladder cancer, liver disease, liver cancer, cholangiocarcinomas, hydrocephalus or hydrocephaly, hope in general, boycott Aruba (hope for Natalee), carbon monoxide poisoning, genocide awareness, Victorian Bushfire Disaster 09, osteosarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma, chondrosarcoma
Green = Tissue and organ donation or transplants, depression (both adults and children), bipolar disorder, mental health, mental illness, eye injuries, Tourette's Syndrome, bone marrow transplants and donation, Fanconi's Syndrome, worker and driving safety, Von Hippel Lindau, glaucoma, missing children, leukemia, environment, Fibrodysplasia Ossificans, kidney cancer or kidney disease, neural tube defects, Mitochondrial Disease, growth and rebuilding, Progressiva, Cerebral Palsy, Save Darfur, Stem Cell Research, Neurofibromatosis, Lissencephally, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, Save The Earth, Go Green, Recycling, Medical Marijuana, Support Family Farms and Rural Communities, Sandy Hook Elementary
Blue = Child abuse prevention, arthritis, gout, free speech, crime victims rights, waterquality, colon cancer, Dysautonomia, hystiocytosis, histiocytosis, Erb's Palsy, Ankylosing Spondylitis, domestic violence, water safety (flooding, drowning and accidents), Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), second hand smoke, dystonia, interstitial cystitis, bracial plexus injury, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) , Alopecia, Reyes Syndrome, education, Steven Johnson Syndrome, short bowel syndrome, Myositis, Anti-bullying, Leukodystrophy, Hurricane Support, Huntington's Disease, police officers lost in the line of duty (AKA, the Thin Blue Line), Malaria, Syringomyelia, Neurofibromatosis, Sex Trafficking and Slavery, Cri du Chat Syndrome, Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, polio awareness, Primary Immunodeficiency Disease (PIDD), Sensory Processing Disorder (reflex blue shade), Angelman Syndrome, Von Hippel-Lindau, Microcephaly Awareness
(royal blue shade)
Purple = Domestic violence, religious tolerance, animal abuse, the victims of 9/11 (includes police and firefighters), pancreatic cancer, Crohn's Disease and colitis,
cystic fibrosis, leimyosarcoma, macular degeneration, Sjogren's Syndrome, fibromyalgia, lupus, sarcoidosis, the homeless, Mucolipidoses, thyroid cancer, ADD,
ADHD, alzheimers, cancer survivor (this is a general color that anyone who has
survived cancer can wear), Pagan pride, Arnold Chiari Malformation, Mucopolysaccharidosis, Hurler Syndrome, children left
unattended in cars, childhood or pediatric stroke, Anti-Gay Bullying (Spirit Day), epilepsy (Purple Day)
White = Innocence, victims of terrorism, peace, right to life, diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, sexual assault of students, retinal blastoma, blindness, alzheimers, adoption, bone disease and bone cancer, Osteosarcoma, anti-child pornography on the internet, carbon monoxide poisoning (CO poisoning), post partum depression, survivors, Scoliosis, Anti-stalking, Men working to end men's violence against women, Holocaust remembrance, Sex trafficking and slavery (efforts via the childrens anti-pornography and men working to end violence against women groups in 55 countries!), poverty, white ribbon with a knot tied in the middle for marriage equality, Gay-teen suicide
Black = Mourning, melanoma, anti-gangs, Anti-terrorism in Spain, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, POW-MIAs, Primary Billiary Cirrhosis, Amish Support, gun control, accidents (general designation), Black Ribbon Day- a remembrance day for victims of totalitarianism
Brown = Anti-tobacco, colorectal cancer
Gray = Diabetes, hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, brain cancer, glioblastoma, Parkinson's, asthma, allergies, end sex trafficking and slavery in the UK
Lime Green - Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Lyme Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Ivemark Syndrome, Sandhoff Disease, Support for Adoptees Rights to open adoption records that have been sealed, mental health
Teal = Ovarian, cervical, uterine (all gynecological) cancers, food allergies, substance abuse, sexual assault, sexual abuse, Myasthenia Gravis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, agoraphobia, panic or stress disorders (includes PTSD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Fragile X, Batten Disease, Tourette's Syndrome (TSA designation), MRSA awareness
Turquoise = (teal colored items work too) Native American reparations, interstitial cystitis (IC Network designation), addiction recovery, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)
Turquoise With A Zipper = Global Chiari Malformation Awareness
Burgundy (Maroon) = Hospice care, multiple myeloma, cesarian sections, headaches and migraines, adhesions, thrombophilia and other coagulation or blood factor disorders, meningitis, polio survivor, Post-Polio Syndrome, Hughes Syndrome, brain aneurysm, Hirschsprung's Disease (Congenital Megacolon), children undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with rare disorders or diseases, amyloidosis, hemangioma.
Periwinkle = Eating disorders, pulmonary hypertension, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, GERD, IBS
Pink = Breast Cancer, Birth Parents, cleft palate, nursing mothers
Hot Pink - Inflammatory breast cancer
Pale Yellow = Spina Bifida
Amber = Appendix Cancer
Peach = Uterine Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Cream = Paralysis, spinal cord injuries, spinal diseases or disorders, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Light Green = Pelvic Pain (chronic), Celiac Disease, STD Awareness, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
Mint = Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
Emerald Green = Homeopathy awareness
Jade = Asian and Pacific Islander campaign by ALC to raise Liver Cancer and Hepatitis B awareness.
Sea Green - Stuttering or stammering awareness.
Green And White = Sandy Hook Elementary
Light Blue = Prostate cancer, mens health, thyroid disease, lymphedema, Addison's Disease,Trisomy 18, Velo-Cardio Facial Syndrome, Klinefelter's Syndrome, hyperaldosteronism, scleroderma, Behcets Disease, Graves Disease, Shprintzen Syndrome, Edward's Syndrome
Lavender = All cancers (general cancer awareness), epilepsy, hypokalemic periodic paralysis, rett syndrome, Hodgkins lymphoma, foster care or foster parents, infantile spasms, hysterectomy
Orchid (violet) = Testicular cancer
Fuschia (Magenta) = Pro-life, Feminism
Pearl (cream pearl or white pearl) = lung cancer or lung disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Mesothelioma, emphysema, Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia
Silver = The Silver Ribbon Campaign For The Brain© for brain disorders and disabilities - includes Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) , Children with physical or learning disabilities, elderly abuse, stalking, Cortical Visual Impairment Awareness
Gold = Childhood Cancer (pediatric cancer), COPD, Embryonal Rhabdomysarcoma, Breast Feeding (The Gold Standard)
Copper = Menkes disease
Clear= Lung Cancer, Lung Disease
Light Baby Pink and Blue = Pregnancy and infant loss, SIDS, Male breast cancer, baby safe haven, amniotic fluid embolism, Hyperemesis Graviduram
Light Pink, White and Light Blue = Group B Strep (newborns)
Red and White = aplastic anemia, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, MDS & other Bone Marrow Diseases (AA&MDSIF designation)
Red and Yellow = Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), Teen abstinence
Red, White and Blue = Patriotism, 9/11 victims, fireworks safety
Red and Blue with a Heart = Congenital Heart Defects (also red,blue and red stripes)
Blue And Yellow = Down Syndrome, designated drivers (The Hero Campaign), Fatty Oxidation Disorders, Boston Marathon 2013
Blue And Green = Intracranial Hypertension (Pseudotumor Cerebri)
Navy Blue with Silver Writing= Still's Disease Awareness
Purple Ribbon with a Red rose = Cystic Fibrosis
Purple Ribbon with a Red Stripe down the middle = Chronic Migraine Awareness
Purple And Green = Hospice And Pallative Care
Purple And Blue = Rheumatoid arthritis, childhood or pediatric stroke
Purple and Yellow = Chemical Injury (all diseases, disorders, pain, discomfort, or hurt etc. arising from exposure to a chemical substance)
Purple And Black = Paranormal Awareness
Purple And Red = Desmoplastic Cancer
Purple Butterfly = Lupus (can just be a purple butterfly symbol), domestic violence (butterfly should be paired with a purple ribbon)
Jigsaw Puzzle Ribbon = Autism, Asperger Syndrome
Prism = Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Orchid and Orange = psoriasis
Orange and Maroon = Virginia Tech Tragedy
Orange and Green = Ritual abuse, Dual Diagnosis
Orange and Blue= Pediatric Bipolar Awareness (top orange, bottom blue).
Lime Green and Aqua = adult stem cell donor
Teal And Pink = Hereditary Breast Cancer or a combo ribbon for gynecological and breast cancers.
Teal And White = Cervical Cancer
Pink and Gold - Phyllodes Tumors
Black and Pink = Bone Marrow Donor, loss of a daughter
Black and Lt. Blue = Loss of a son (you can also use Black and Navy to indicate an older son)
Black And White = Carcinoid Syndrome Cancer (has zebra stripes), Anti-racism, Anti-corruption
Black White And Black (three stripes) = Vaccine danger
Gold and Black = Platelett donor
Gold and Silver = All hearing or ear related disorders and diseases, Large Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome (LVAS)
Blue and Silver = Living or coping with cancer
Lavender and White (two stripes) = Awareness for Missing and Unidentified Persons
Ivory, Burgundy and Ivory (three stripes) = Oral head and neck cancers, oral squamous cell carcinoma, throat cancer, laryngeal cancer, pharyngeal cancer
Ivory Lace = Osteoporosis
Navy Blue and White Pinstripes = ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), Lou Gehrig's Disease
Yellow, Lime Green, Orange, Aqua, Hot Pink= Myelodysplastic Syndrome
Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, Yellow = STD awareness
Red White and Red (3 stripes) = Leukemia and Lymphoma
Blue and White = In memory of Columbine, Teen cancer
RAINBOW = Gay pride or rights movement, same sex marriages
Red and Black = Murder victims (both adults and children), Self Harm or Self Injury (ASHIC designation)
Orange and Red = Myeloproliferative Disorders, Polycythemia Vera, Essential Thrombocytosis, Primary or idiopathic Myelofibrosis, myelosclerosis, Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
Blue, White and Pink (3 stripes) = Parental Alienation Syndrome
Teal, Blue, and Pink= Thyroid Cancer (Thyca designation)
Silver, White, Baby Blue, and Baby Pink (colors run left to right along the ribbon)= Congenital Hyperinsulinism
Support Haiti Ribbons= I am currently aware of 4 ribbons in use to show support for Haitian earthquake victims. The colors being used are red, blue and yellow.
1. Red = color for disaster relief
2. Blue = used by West Virginia University
3. Blue and Red = can be a ribbon or heart shaped icon (colors of the Haitian flag)
4. Red, Blue and Yellow ribbons worn at the Golden Globes.
Kaleidoscope pattern = Fluoroquinolone Awareness
Red with a Gold outline = Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (NAIT) Awareness
Yellow and Black with a Red Star in the middle = Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Unconfirmed Ribbons we are currently researching:
In order to avoid duplication and errors in our guide to awareness ribbons, we research and confirm all submitted ribbons before posting them. This has helped us provide the most comprehensive and accurate listing possible for the past eight years. If you have a cause listed below, it means it has been submitted, but we have not received a definitive answer from a charity etc. that its actually in use and its copyright/trademark status is unknown. These are subject to change or deletion, but you can always wear a confirmed or general ribbon in the meantime. Remember, a ribbon is only as good as the person wearing it (and their willingness to educate others).
Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami Awareness = There is a red and white ribbon and a red and white social media photo stamp in use. Nothing concrete yet and so far no campaigns have been started with a definitive ribbon. We will update this ASAP.
Anal Cancer = Pink and Purple?
Craniosynostosis = Green?
Stiffman's Syndrome= found, waiting on color confirmation and copyright status from charity?
Thymic Carcinoma, Thymus Cancer = Unknown?
Victims Of Medical Malpractice = Pearl- possibly trademarked?
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome= There are possibly three ribbons for this cause. A Frayed Knot loop, Zebra Stripe and what appears to be light blue edged in lime green. I will have to do more research on this to see what ribbons are actively in use and available for public use before this can be confirmed.
Gastroparesis = Green with a gold border or Teal and Mauve?
Caregivers = Lavender? These ribbons are listed on retail sites only and we are not aware of an actual campaign or group promoting them yet (may be an inaccurate interpretation of the foster care ribbon).
Genetic Diseases- Mint? I cannot find an actual group or organization promoting this ribbon. It is only listed on retail sites and may be inaccurate use of the PKD ribbon.
Deepwater Horizon Workers = Blue ribbon with 11 yellow stars (please note that we know this ribbon has been created, but we do not know its copyright status or if it was released to the general public).
Cushing's Syndrome & Cushing's Disease= Blue and Yellow. Copyright/trademark status has not been verified.
Overactive Bladder= Unknown?
Ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) Deficiency = Unknown?
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)- We have found two ribbons that have been created for this cause. Periwinkle (may have been abandoned) and Black (appears to be in use). Copyright/trademark status is unknown.
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How you help us make a difference:
Crafts'N'Scraps has been making and selling awareness jewelry items for seven years now. We have expanded our efforts to include 16 different charities. From cancer to animal abuse, your purchase truly does make a difference.
We currently donate 10-50% of the sale price or up to 100%
of the profit of our original charity designs and awareness imports to these worthy
causes. Proof positive that with your help, a work from home mom can make a little dent in the big problems facing the world today.
This years goal= $2,000
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We do our best to carry a colored item for every cause. Should you need something in particular, please e-mail Dana.
We would also like to express our gratititude to all of our customers and the organizations who have worked with us since 2001 to make this listing as comprehensive and complete as possible!
How to choose a Ribbon Color
I have been working on this list for years and we receive many e-mails asking where the colors originate, why some cause have more than one cause etc. Different organizations will choose a color for different reasons (even ones to match their logos). So no one color is "official". This means that you can choose the color that supports your organization or one that you feel represents your personal situation the best.
We do recommend that all organizations do research and use an existing ribbon color for a cause. This improves the overall recognition of the color and is less confusing for the general public.
If your organization creates a new color designation and you truly wish to bring awareness to your cause, please release it to the public domain. The most recognized campaigns are those that allow free use of a color/cause combination by everyone!
You are the most important means of supporting your cause and spreading awareness!
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