Our comprehensive listing of Awareness Ribbons, their meanings and cause colors!
We have been researching and verifying these cause colors since 2001. Many causes share colors, and some causes will have more than one color assigned to them. In these cases, you are free to choose the color that feels right for you, or one the organization you support has chosen. I always say "An awareness ribbon is only as good as the person wearing it and their willingness to educate others". Use your browsers find function to search this page or go here for an alphabetical list. If you are looking for awareness jewelry, click on the links below, Shop By Cause or use the website search box above. Our jewelry starts at just 0.15¢ We can also custom design awareness or cause jewelry just for you. To submit your ribbon to our listing, see the instructions at the bottom of the list. If you have any questions contact us.
Red- Red Ribbons are here = Aids/HIV, alcohol substance and drug abuse (includes inhalents), MADD, DARE, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Disaster relief, love, heart disease (also uses the red dress symbol), congestive heart failure, Stroke, supraventicular tachycardia, Wolff-parkinson-White Syndrom (WPW), Pro-life, hypertension, Evans Syndrome, Vasculitis, Wegeners Granulomatosis.
Orange - Orange ribbons are here = 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 - Yellow ribbons are here = 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 - Green ribbons are here = 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 - Blue ribbons are here = Child abuse prevention, arthritis, gout, free speech, crime victims rights, water quality, colon cancer, colorectal 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 - Purple ribbons are here = 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), overdose awareness.
White - White ribbons are here = 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 - Black ribbons are here = 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. Black ribbons are here!
Brown - Brown ribbons are here =Anti-tobacco, colorectal cancer
Gray = Gray ribbons are here = Diabetes, hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, brain cancer, glioblastoma, Parkinson's, asthma, allergies, end sex trafficking and slavery in the UK
Lime Green - Lime green ribbons are here = 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 - Teal ribbons are here = 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 - Turquoise ribbons are here = (teal colored items work too) Native American reparations, interstitial cystitis (IC Network designation), addiction recovery, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)
Turquoise With A Zipper - Teal jewelry is here = Global Chiari Malformation Awareness
Burgundy (Maroon) - Burgundy ribbons are here = Hospice care, multiple myeloma, plasmacytoma, 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 - Periwinkle ribbons are here = Eating disorders, pulmonary hypertension, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, GERD, IBS
Pink - Pink ribbons are here = Breast Cancer, Birth Parents, cleft palate, nursing mothers
Hot Pink - Pink ribbons are here = Inflammatory breast cancer
Pale Yellow = Spina Bifida
Amber - Amber ribbons are here = Appendix Cancer
Peach - Peach ribbons are here = Uterine Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Cream - Cream ribbons are here = Paralysis, spinal cord injuries, spinal diseases or disorders, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), Degenerative Disc Disease
Light Green - Light green ribbons are here = Pelvic Pain (chronic), Celiac Disease, STD Awareness, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
Mint - Mint green ribbons are here = Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
Emerald Green - Emerald Green ribbons are here = Homeopathy awareness
Jade - Jade ribbons are here = Asian and Pacific Islander campaign by ALC to raise Liver Cancer and Hepatitis B awareness.
Sea Green - Stuttering or stammering awareness.
Green And White- This ribbon is here = Sandy Hook Elementary
Light Blue - Light blue ribbons are here = Prostate cancer, mens health, thyroid disease, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (Hashimoto's 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, Achalasia
Lavender - Lavender ribbons are here = 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
Fuchsia (Magenta) - Fuchsia ribbons are here = Pro-life, Feminism
Pearl (cream pearl or white pearl) - Pearl ribbons are here = lung cancer or lung disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Mesothelioma, emphysema, Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia
Silver - Silver ribbons are here = 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 - Gold ribbons are here = Childhood Cancer (pediatric cancer), COPD, Embryonal Rhabdomysarcoma, Breast Feeding (The Gold Standard)
Copper = Menkes disease
Clear - Clear ribbons are here = Lung Cancer, Lung Disease
Light Baby Pink and Blue - Pink and blue ribbons are here = Pregnancy and infant loss, SIDS, Male breast cancer, baby safe haven, birth defects, amniotic fluid embolism, Hyperemesis Graviduram, infertility
Light Pink, White and Light Blue = Group B Strep (newborns)
Red and White - Red and white ribbons are here = aplastic anemia, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, MDS & other Bone Marrow Diseases (AA&MDSIF designation)
Red and Yellow - Red and yellow ribbons are here = Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), Teen abstinence
Red, White and Blue - Red white and blue ribbons are here = Patriotism, 9/11 victims, fireworks safety
Red and Blue with a Heart - CHD ribbons are here = Congenital Heart Defects (also red,blue and red stripes)
Blue And Yellow - Blue and yellow ribbons are here = Down Syndrome, designated drivers (The Hero Campaign), Fatty Oxidation Disorders, Boston Marathon 2013
Blue And Green - Blue and green ribbons are here = 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 - These ribbons are here = Chronic Migraine Awareness
Purple And Green - Purple and green ribbons are here = Hospice And Palliative Care
Purple And Blue - Purple and blue ribbons are here = Rheumatoid arthritis, childhood or pediatric stroke
Purple and Yellow - Purple and yellow ribbons are here = Chemical Injury (all diseases, disorders, pain, discomfort, or hurt etc. arising from exposure to a chemical substance)
Purple And Black - Purple and black ribbons are here = Paranormal Awareness
Purple And Red - Purple and red ribbons are here = Desmoplastic Cancer
Purple And Turquoise = Suicide Prevention
Purple Butterfly = Lupus (can just be a purple butterfly symbol), domestic violence (butterfly should be paired with a purple ribbon)
Jigsaw Puzzle Ribbon - Puzzle ribbons are here = Autism, Asperger Syndrome
Prism - Prism Ribbons are here = 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 - This ribbon is here = Cervical Cancer
Pink and Gold - Phyllodes Tumors
Black and Pink - This ribbon is here = Bone Marrow Donor, loss of a daughter
Black and Lt. Blue - This ribbon is here = Loss of a son (you can also use Black and Navy to indicate an older son)
Black And White - Black and white ribbons are here = Anti-racism, Anti-corruption
Black And White Zebra Stripes - Black and white ribbons are here = Carcinoid Syndrome Cancer, Rare diseases
Black White And Black (three stripes) - This ribbon is here = Vaccine danger
Black And White (2 stripes) with a heart in the middle = Medical Kidnapping Awareness
Gold and Black - This ribbon is here = Platelet donor
Gold and Silver - This ribbon is here = 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) - This ribbon is here = Oral head and neck cancers, oral squamous cell carcinoma, throat cancer, laryngeal cancer, pharyngeal cancer
Ivory Lace = Osteoporosis
Navy Blue and White Pinstripes - This ribbon is here = 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 - This ribbon is here = In memory of Columbine, Teen cancer
RAINBOW - Rainbow ribbons are here = Gay pride or rights movement, same sex marriages
Red and Black = Red and black ribbons are here = Murder victims (both adults and children), Self Harm or Self Injury (ASHIC designation)
Orange and Red - Orange and red ribbons are here = 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)
Choking Game Awareness = red stripe in middle with a thinner gold stripe on each side of the red with black stripes on the outside.
Robin egg blue = Pierre Robin Sequence Awareness
Green/Teal/Purple (three stripes) = Medullary Sponge Kidney Awareness
Dark Blue/Orchid/Orange (three stripes) = Psoriatic Arthritis Awareness
Black and Teal Zebra Stripes = Erdheim-Chester Disease Awareness
Yellow with a heart = Survivors of suicide (those left behind after a loved one's suicide). Please note that the yellow ribbon with a heart in the center of the loop is a registered trademark but other variations are OK to use.
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 over ten 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.
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 yet.
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.
Dwarfism = We have found a green ribbon for Dwarfism Awareness but its status has not been verified yet
Acrania and Anencephaly = There are three ribbons currently found online for this cause. Green, lime green and green with pink and blue outer stripes. None of these ribbons have been verified and their current trademark status is unknown.
DO NOT USE THESE COLORS OR SLOGANS!
Pink and Purple Ribbon = Trademarked, not available for public use.
For The Cure = Trademarked, not available for public use.
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To the best of our knowledge, the ribbons listed here are in the public domain or the owners have granted permission for their use by the public to spread awareness for their cause. If we are informed that a color/cause combo has been trademarked and the owner is not allowing its use by the public, it will be removed from the listing. Drawing or making your own ribbons to support a cause/ribbon color combo that someone has chosen to trademark in these cases may expose you to infringement issues and is not recommended.
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