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Ribbon Awareness

Rx4Scrubs compiled this list from multiple sources and checked with many of the foundations represented for accuracy. We realize it is difficult to find a comprehensive list of awareness ribbon meanings on the internet because most of the ribbons have multiple associated meanings so we invite anyone who has found this page useful to link to it from their own website. We welcome any opportunity to improve this page so if you see any errors or omissions, please contact us.

Black Ribbon :
This color is a symbol of mourning, melanoma, and gang prevention.

Blue Ribbon :
This color is a symbol of drunk driving, child abuse, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), the victims of hurricane Katrina, dystonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), alopecia, Education, Epstein-Barr Virus, Save the Music, colon cancer (alternative ribbon color: brown), colorectal cancer (alternative ribbon color: brown), and anti-tobacco - particularly anti-second hand smoke (in Canada; alternative ribbon color: brown), I Love Clean Air/ILCA Campaign (Japan).

Brown Ribbon :
This color is an anti-tobacco symbol as well as a symbol of colon cancer (alternative ribbon color: blue), colorectal cancer (alternative ribbon color: blue).

Burgundy Ribbon :
This color is a symbol of brain aneurysm, Cesarean section (worn upside down), headaches, hemangioma, vascular malformation, hospice care, multiple myeloma, William's syndrome, Thrombophilia, Antiphospholid Antibody Syndrome, and adults with disabilities.

Dark Blue Ribbon :
This color is a symbol of arthritis, child abuse prevention, victim's rights, free speech, water quality, and water safety.

Flag Ribbon:
This style of ribbon is a symbol for both the victims and heroes of the 9/11 attacks. It is also a symbol of patriotism and support of our troops. In addition, it is a symbol of fireworks safety.

Gold Ribbon :
This color is a symbol for childhood cancer.

Green Ribbon :
This color is a symbol of childhood depression, missing children, open records for adoptees, environmental concerns, kidney cancer, tissue/organ donation, homeopathy, and worker and driving safety.

Grey Ribbon :
This color is a symbol of diabetes, asthma, and brain cancer.

Jigsaw Puzzle Ribbon:
This style of ribbon is a symbol for autism.

Lace Ribbon:
This style of ribbon is a symbol for osteoporosis.

Lavender Ribbon :
This color is a symbol for general cancer awareness. It can also be a symbol for epilepsy, and rett syndrome.

Light Blue Ribbon :
This color is a symbol of childhood cancer (alternative color: pink), prostate cancer, Trisomy 18, and scleroderma.

Orange Ribbon :
This color is a symbol of leukemia, hunger, cultural diversity, humane treatment of animals, and self-injury awareness.

Pale Yellow Ribbon :
This color is a symbol of spina bifida.

Pearl Ribbon :
This color is a symbol for emphysema, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and multiple sclerosis.

Periwinkle Ribbon :
This color is a symbol of eating disorders and pulmonary hypertension.

Pink Ribbon :
Most commonly associated with breast cancer awareness, this ribbon is also a symbol for birth parents, and childhood cancer awareness (alternative color: light blue).

Pink and Blue Ribbon:
This style of ribbon is a symbol for miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death due to SIDS or other causes.

Purple Ribbon :
This color is a symbol of pancreatic cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer, domestic violence, ADD, alzheimer's, religious tolerance, animal abuse, the victims of 9/11 including the police and firefighters, Crohn's disease and colitis, cystic fibrosis, lupus, leimyosarcoma, and fibromyalgia.

Rainbow Ribbon:
This style of ribbon is a symbol of gay pride and support for the GLBT community and their quest for equal rights.

Red Ribbon :
Most commonly associated with the fight against AIDS and HIV, this ribbon also is a symbol for heart disease, stroke, substance abuse, MADD, DARE, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.

Silver Ribbon :
This color is a symbol for children with disabilities, Parkinson's disease, and mental illnesses such as severe depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders.

Teal Ribbon :
This color is a symbol for ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancers as well as sexual assault, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and tsunami victims.

White Ribbon :
This color is a symbol of innocence, victims of terrorism, violence against women, peace, right to life, bone cancer, adoptees, and retinal blastoma.

Yellow Ribbon :
We've all seen this symbol used to support our troops, but it is also a symbol for MIA/POW, suicide prevention, adoptive parents, amber alerts, bladder cancer, spina bifida, endometriosis, and a general symbol for hope. A yellow ribbon with a heart is used to represent the survivors left behind after a suicide.

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