Awareness Ribbons Chart: Color & Meaning of Awareness Ribbon Causes

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Published 2015-03-09 (Rev. 2016-06-24) -- List of awareness ribbon colors and associated causes regarding health and disability Includes printable awareness ribbon chart.

Author: Ian Langtree - Contact: Contact Disabled World

Quote: "Because many awareness ribbon colors may have multiple associated meanings Disabled World is listing only the awareness ribbons regarding health and disabilities."

Definition: Defining the Meaning of Awareness Ribbons

Awareness ribbons are short pieces of colored 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 issue. Due to their ubiquitous nature, have come to symbolize various concerns depending on the colors or the patterns used. Ribbons are now considered as a universal symbol for social or disease awareness, and a formidable path to a cure.

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The use of various colored ribbons is designed to create public awareness to health, medical conditions, disability, and other issues. An awareness ribbon is defined as a piece of colored ribbon folded across itself creating a loop shape - or a representation of such. Today, awareness ribbons are used globally as a way for wearers of the ribbon(s) to make a statement of support for a particular cause or issue.

Probably the two most well-known awareness ribbons are; the red ribbon in support of those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); and the pink ribbon which denotes breast cancer awareness. The meaning behind the awareness ribbon depends on its color(s). Many different groups, foundations and organizations have adopted these ribbons as symbols of support or awareness - as a result, various causes may often share the same, or similar, ribbon color(s).

How many awareness ribbons are there

This is a question we get asked quite often. With new awareness campaign days, weeks, and months - as well as new ribbon colors, constantly being created, we are not sure how many awareness ribbon colors there currently are - but there certainly seems to be a lot! We currently have over 80 different ribbon colors and designs listed below.

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Black

Blue

Brown

Burgundy

Cloud

Cream

Gray/Grey

Green

Gold

Jade

Multi-Colored

Orange

Peach

Pearl

Pink

Purple

Puzzle

Red

Silver

Teal

Violet

White

Yellow

Symbols

Awareness Ribbon Color Meanings

Black Awareness Ribbons
Black awareness ribbon
  • 9/11 - This ribbon is a sign of mourning for those lost in the September 11th (9/11) attack.
  • Melanoma awareness
  • Mourning & remembrance of the Virginia Tech massacre
  • Narcolepsy
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (Now known as Primary Biliary Cholangitis)
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
Blue Awareness Ribbons
Blue awareness ribbon
Blue ribbon (2 tone)
Hydrocephalus awareness ribbon
  • National Hydrocephalus Awareness. Hydrocephalus is a condition in which there is an excessive amount of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in chambers of the brain known as ventricles. The month of September is National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month.
Blue Jeans Denim Ribbon
Blue denim jeans awareness ribbon
  • Genetic disorder awareness. The blue jeans denim ribbon was created by the Global Genes Project and the Children's Rare Disease Network for awareness of gene defects like Niemann Pick Type C, Cystic Fibrosis, Prader-Willi, and Fragile X. World Rare Disease Day is an annual observance held on the last day of February (February 28th or February 29th in a Leap Year) to raise awareness for rare diseases.
Indigo Ribbon
Indigo awareness ribbon
  • The Indigo Ribbon Campaign raises awareness about crimes committed against Targeted Individuals of Organized Stalking and Electronic Harassment. Indigo Ribbon Day is on November 23rd yearly. Wearing the Indigo ribbon is a sign of Infinity and Unity.
Light blue ribbon
Light blue awareness ribbon
Navy Blue
Navy blue awareness ribbon
Robin Egg Blue
Robin Egg Blue Ribbon
  • Pierre Robin syndrome - (PRS also known as Pierre Robin malformation, Pierre Robin sequence, Pierre Robin anomaly or Pierre Robin anomalad), is a congenital condition of facial abnormalities in humans.
Royal Blue
Royal Blue Ribbon
  • Child Abuse Awareness
  • Transverse myelitis awareness (royal blue ribbon with the words "Transverse Myelitis")
  • Syringomyelia
Pale Blue
Pale blue awareness ribbon
  • Achalasia Awareness - Achalasia is a rare disease of the muscle of the lower esophageal body and the lower esophageal sphincter. The main symptoms of achalasia are dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing), regurgitation of undigested food, chest pain behind the sternum, and weight loss.
Brown Awareness Ribbons
Brown awareness ribbon
Burgundy Awareness Ribbons
Burgundy awareness ribbon
Cream Awareness Ribbons
Cream awareness ribbon
Gray/Grey Awareness Ribbons
Gray awareness ribbon
Green Awareness Ribbons
Green awareness ribbon
Lime Green ribbon
Lime green awareness ribbon
Jade Ribbon
Jade awareness ribbon
  • Jade Ribbon Campaign awareness - hepatitis B & liver cancer. The Jade Ribbon Campaign was launched by the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University in May 2001 to spread awareness about hepatitis B (HBV) and liver cancer in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
Light Green ribbon
Light green awareness ribbon
Mint Green
Mint green ribbon
  • Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Congenital hepatic Fibrosis
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Ivemark Syndrome
Turquoise
Turquoise awareness ribbon
Teal ribbon
Teal awareness ribbon
Gold Awareness Ribbons
Gold awareness ribbon
  • Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Childhood cancer awareness
  • Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Neuroblastoma & Osteosarcoma
Orange Awareness Ribbons
Orange awareness ribbon
Peach Awareness Ribbons
Peach awareness ribbon
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Vaginal Cancer
Amber
Amber awareness ribbon
  • An Amber Ribbon brings awareness to Appendix Cancer. Appendix cancer is extremely rare, affecting an estimated 600 to 1,000 Americans each year. Primary lymphomas can occur in the appendix.
Pearl, White or Clear
Pearl awareness ribbon
White ribbon
White awareness ribbon
Pink Awareness Ribbons
Pink ribbon awareness
Purple Awareness Ribbons
Purple ribbon awareness
Lavender Awareness Ribbons
Lavender awareness ribbon
Periwinkle ribbon
Periwinkle awareness ribbon
Orchid
Orchid awareness ribbon
  • Testicular Cancer. There is debate about the color for testicular cancer awareness and ribbons, however orchid, a purple/violet color, has long been recognized as the official color for testicular cancer.
Violet ribbon
Violet awareness ribbon
Red Awareness Ribbons
Red awareness ribbon
Silver Awareness Ribbons
Silver awareness ribbon
Yellow Awareness Ribbons
Yellow awareness ribbon
Awareness Symbols
Autism Infinity Symbol
Autism Infinity Symbol
  • The Autism Infinity Symbol is becoming a popular alternative to the puzzle pieces autism symbols as well as a symbol for Neurodiversity.
Blue Star Symbol
Blue star symbol
  • Represents the fight against colorectal cancer. The hope is the Blue Star Universal Symbol will be integrated into existing group awareness efforts and incorporated into materials as a representation of the collective fight against colorectal cancer.
Cloud ribbon
Cloud colored awareness ribbon
Dark Blue & Orange/Orchid
Psoriatic arthritis ribbon
  • The awareness ribbon colors for Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) is Dark Blue for Arthritis, and Orange/Orchid for Psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis (also arthritis psoriatica, arthropathic psoriasis or psoriatic arthropathy) is a type of inflammatory arthritis that will develop in up to 30 percent of people who have the chronic skin condition psoriasis.
Diabetes Awareness
Diabetes blue circle awareness
  • Blue Diabetes Circle Awareness. The awareness ribbon color for Diabetes was gray, however more commonly diabetes is now symbolized by the blue circle, as designated by the International Diabetes Federation.
FOXG1 - Orange ribbon with a fox tail
FOXG1 awareness
  • FOXG1 is a severe neurological condition characterized by seizures, small head size, inability to control body movements, and lack of speech.
Multi-colored Flame
Multi-colored CRPS awareness ribbon
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon
Pink ribbon Red ribbon awareness
  • Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon will expand the availability of vital cervical cancer screening & treatment & breast care education - especially for women most at risk of getting cervical cancer in developing nations because they are HIV-positive.
Trisomy Awareness
Trisomy Awareness ribbonTrisomy Awareness ribbon
  • Trisomy Awareness ribbon - These ribbons were created by the Support Organization for Trisomy (www.trisomy.org) to represent all forms of Trisomy.
Mosaic Trisomies
Mosaic Trisomy Awareness Ribbon
  • The ribbon features a mosaic pattern of red, blue, and yellow colors, with the words "Mosaic Trisomy Awareness" printed on it. Mosaic Trisomy is when a complete copy of a chromosome is found in only some cells of a persons body instead of every cell like in a normal case of a Trisomy, hence the term Mosaic. This causes a whole new set of problems and disabilities in the affected individual.
Blue Butterfly
Turner Syndrome Butterfly Symbol
Mint green and golden yellow butterfly
Mint green and golden yellow butterfly
  • The Mint green and golden yellow butterfly symbol is used to raise awareness of Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS).
Multiple Colored Ribbons
Beige - Giraffe print ribbon
Tethered spinal cord syndrome ribbon
  • Tethered spinal cord syndrome - Closely associated with spina bifida. Tethered spinal cord syndrome is a neurological disorder caused by tissue attachments that limit the movement of the spinal cord within the spinal column.
Blue & Green
Blue green ribbon
  • Psuedotumor Cerebri. Pseudo Tumor Cerebri is a very rare condition that only affects 1 in every 100,000 people. Pseudotumor cerebri occurs when the pressure inside your skull increases for no obvious reason.
Blue & Red Ribbon
Blue & Red Ribbon awareness ribbon
Blue & Purple Ribbon
Blue & Purple Ribbon
Blue/Yellow
Blue & Yellow Ribbon
Bone/Beige trimmed in royal blue
Hip dysplasia awareness ribbon
  • Hip Dysplasia - Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) or congenital dysplasia of the hip (CDH) is a congenital or developmental deformation or misalignment of the hip joint. The month of June is Healthy Hips/Hip Dysplasia awareness month.
Brown with Pink Dots
Persistent Cloaca awareness ribbon
  • The Persistent Cloaca ribbon is brown to symbolize bowel issues, and the pink dots symbolize occurrence in females only.
Burgundy & Ivory
Burgundy ivory ribbon
Cow print ribbon
Cow print awareness ribbon
  • Omphalocele Awareness - An omphalocele (omphalocoele) is a type of abdominal wall defect in which the intestines, liver, and occasionally other organs remain outside of the abdomen in a sac because of a defect in the development of the muscles of the abdominal wall.
Gold and Blue with Diamond
Gold and Blue with Diamond awareness ribbon
  • Bohring-Opitz syndrome - A rare genetic condition with high infant mortality characterized by intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), failure to thrive, developmental delay, hypotonia (low muscle tone), BOS posture (fixed contractures of the upper limbs) and distinctive facial features.
Gold & Silver
Gold silver ribbon
Grey and Burgundy
Grey and burgundy ribbon
  • Arachnoid Cysts
Grey ribbon with Red heart
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Juvenile Diabetes
Hypotonia Awareness Ribbon
Hypotonia Awareness Ribbon The Hypotonia awareness ribbon is multi-colored with the words "Hypotonia Awareness - One Inchstone at a Time" beside it. Hypotonia, also known as floppy baby syndrome, is a state of low muscle tone (the amount of tension or resistance to stretch in a muscle), often involving reduced muscle strength.
Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness
Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Ribbon
  • Idiopathic Hypersomnia is a disease, thought to be a neurological disorder, characterized primarily by severe excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). It is usually a lifelong chronic disease, which is often debilitating.
Ivory with Rose Ribbon
Spinal Muscular Atrophy awareness ribbon
  • The official awareness ribbon color for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is Ivory and also includes a rose picture. SMA is a genetic disorder that affects the control of muscle movement.
Lime Green with DNA Strand Ribbon
MEF2C Haploinsufficiency Syndrome awareness ribbon
  • MEF2C Haploinsufficiency Syndrome is an emerging neurodevelopmental disorder associated with intellectual disability, autistic features, epilepsy, and abnormal movements.
Mandibulofacial Dysostosis with Microcephaly
Mandibulofacial Dysostosis with Microcephaly Awareness Ribbon
  • The Mandibulofacial Dysostosis with Microcephaly ribbon is royal blue with a yellow border, and yellow letters MFDM on the left bottom portion of the ribbon. The ribbon design combines craniofacial and microcephaly colors.
Orange and navy blue ribbon
Orange and navy blue ribbon
  • Human rights for family caregivers awareness - In the U.S. the month of November is National Family Caregiver Month. In Canada the first Tuesday of every April is National Family Caregiver Day, a day that recognizes and celebrates the valuable work that caregivers do.
Orchid & Orange Ribbon
Orchid & Orange awareness ribbon
Pink & blue ribbon
Pink & blue awareness ribbon
  • Amniotic Fluid Embolism
  • Birth defects
  • Genital integrity
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Hyperemesis Graviduram
  • Hyperammonemia
  • Infant loss awareness
  • Infertility awareness
  • Inflammatory breast cancer awareness
  • Pregnancy Loss
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Premature Birth (Also purple according to some organizations)
  • Twin to Twin transfusion syndrome
  • Turner Syndrome (Various societies and support groups for TS have their own colors. The Turner Syndrome Society of the United States (TSSUS) uses the colors pink and blue. U.K. Turner Syndrome Support Society (TSSS) uses lilac. Every group and society uses the butterfly symbol.)
  • Pediatric bronchiolitis obliterans
  • Pro-life
Pink/Blue ribbon
Club foot awareness ribbon
  • Clubfoot - A clubfoot, or talipes equinovarus (TEV), is a birth defect. The foot is twisted in (inverted) and down. Without treatment , persons afflicted often appear to walk on their ankles, or on the sides of their feet. Ponseti International Association (PIA) has designated June 3rd as World Clubfoot Day.
Pink Purple & Teal Ribbon
Pink purple teal ribbon
  • Thyroid Cancer - Thyroid cancer is a cancer originating from follicular or parafollicular thyroid cells. Thyroid cancers are thought to be related to a number of environmental and genetic predisposing factors, but significant uncertainty remains regarding its causes. The month of September Is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month.
Purple & Black
Purple and black ribbon
  • Tracheostomy Awareness - The ribbon is 2 tone with one side being purple and the other being black. Global Tracheostomy Tube Awareness Week is the 3rd week of May each year.
Purple & Black
Purple and black ribbon
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) Awareness - Right half of the ribbon is purple and the left half is black.
Purple & Green
Purple green ribbon
  • Stickler Syndrome - Also known as hereditary progressive arthro-ophthalmopathy, Stickler syndrome is usually diagnosed during infancy or childhood. The month of July is Stickler Syndrome Awareness month.
Purple blue marigold ribbon
Purple blue marigold ribbon
  • Bladder Cancer Awareness - The month of May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month. Bladder cancer is the 5th most common cancer affecting approximately 535,000 people across the United States.
Purple, Teal & Green Ribbon
Purple, teal & green ribbon
  • Medullary Sponge Kidney ( Cacchi-Ricci disease ). Medullary Sponge Kidney (MSK), also known as Cacchi-Ricci disease, is a congenital disorder of the kidneys characterized by cystic dilatation of the collecting tubules in one or both kidneys.
Purple & White
Purple ribbon with snowflake & words Sarcoidosis Awareness
  • Sarcoidosis - The Snowflake signifies how no two Sarcoidosis Sufferers are affected in the exact same way by the disease.
Purple & Yellow Ribbon
Purple yellow ribbon
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis. Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease in which the body's own immune system attacks the liver and causes it to become inflamed.
Puzzle ribbon
Puzzle awareness ribbon
Rainbow Ribbon
Rainbow awareness ribbon
Red & White Ribbon
Red & White awareness ribbon
Red with white border
Red with white border awareness ribbon
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency Awareness - CVI is a medical condition in which the valves in the veins of the lower body do not properly channel blood flow back to the heart because of blockage or venous valve malfunction, resulting in slow blood flow, increased pressure and swelling in the legs and feet.
Red/Orange
Red orange ribbon
  • Adiposis dolorosa. Adiposis dolorosa, also known as Dercum's disease, is a rare condition characterized by multiple, painful lipomas. These lipomas mainly occur on the trunk, the upper arms and upper legs.
Red & Gold Ribbon
Red & Gold awareness ribbon
  • Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (NAIT) Awareness (NAITP or NAIT or NATP or NAT for short; or fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia, FNAIT, feto-maternal alloimmune thrombocytopenia, FMAITP or FMAIT) Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (NAIT) is a blood-related disease that affects expectant mothers and their babies.
Red White & Black
Red white and black ribbon Red white and black ribbon
  • Pernicious Anaemia and B12 Deficiency - Two awareness ribbons are listed for Pernicious anemia, both ribbons are colored red, white and black. The second ribbon has the words "Pernicious Anaemia" written on the black part, and B12 Deficiency on the red part. Pernicious Anaemia is believed to be an autoimmune disease. Courtesy of Georgia Dent (B12ribbons@outlook.com), Ribbon design is copyrighted.
Red & Yellow Ribbon
Red yellow ribbon
Silver and Blue
Corpus Callosum Awareness ribbon
  • Corpus Callosum Awareness - The corpus callosum (CC) links the cerebral cortex of the left and right cerebral hemispheres and is the largest fiber pathway in the brain.
Teal & White Ribbon
Teal white ribbon
  • Cervical Cancer. Cervical cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the cervix. Malignant means that it can spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body.
White with Blue Outline
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy awareness ribbon
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) affects 2-3 per 1,000 live births. This brain injury can cause cerebral palsy, epilepsy, vision issues and other developmental concerns.
White with Navy Stripe
White navy blue stripe
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - (Aran-Duchenne, Gehrig's Disease, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Motor Neuron Disease) - A rapidly progressive fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells for controlling voluntary muscles.
Yellow & Multicolor Ribbon
Yellow and Multicolor Ribbon
  • Gilbert's syndrome is a genetic liver disorder found in 3-12% of the population. It produces elevated levels of bilirubin in the bloodstream (hyperbilirubinemia) and can cause yellowness of the skin and whites of the eyes.
Zebra Ribbon (Black & White)
Zebra awareness ribbon
Zebra Ribbon With Silver Sparkled Stripes
Zebra awareness ribbon
  • Stiff Person Syndrome
Red and Zebra Striped Ribbon
Autoimmune encephalopathy awareness ribbon
  • The red and zebra ribbon was created to raise awareness of Hashimoto's Encephalitis, also known as: Hashimoto's Encephalopathy, Non-vasculitic Autoimmune Meningoencephalitis, Steroid-responsive Encephalopathy associated with Autoimmune Thyroiditis. For further information visit www.hesaonline.org

Also See:Our Calendar of US and International Awareness Days, Weeks and Months

How Do I Register an Awareness Ribbon Color or Design

Currently Awareness Ribbons are not a centralized idea, there isn't really an official place to go to register a design, or color. Currently, awareness ribbons are considered to be in the public domain in most countries, and a simple ribbon of a particular color is generally not considered sufficiently original and/or creative enough to be copyrighted by a person - or group. However, in a few cases several particular designs have been granted a special trademark status. Eg. Canada has granted "official mark" status for the pink (breast cancer) awareness ribbons to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

NOTES:

  • Because many awareness ribbon colors may have multiple associated meanings Disabled World is listing only ribbons regarding health and disabilities.
  • Due to different groups, organizations, countries, as well as people often creating different colored ribbons for the same cause, we may have a condition/disease listed several times under various ribbon colors. In most cases we attempt to list the most popular and accurate ribbon colors for the United States.
  • This list of awareness ribbons, and the meaning of the ribbon colors, is a work in progress and will be added to as more awareness campaigns are created.
  • If you know a ribbon/cause we have listed is not correct - or if you know of an awareness ribbon color or cause we have missed, please contact us.
  • Similar in both color and the meaning of various causes are Awareness Bracelets

Facts: Awareness Ribbon History

  • The meaning behind an awareness ribbon depends on its colors and pattern. Awareness colors themselves can have very specific meanings, symbolism, and significance to those who wear them and is a way show where an individual or group stands on a cause or issue as well as show a sense of solidarity of those you stand for and stand with.
  • Penney Laingen, wife of a hostage who'd been taken in Iran, was inspired by the song "Tie a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree ". The ribbon, Americans were told on the nightly news, signaled her desire to see her husband home again. Yellow ribbons sprouted up across the U.S. in solidarity.
  • The wearing of colored symbols are reported to go back as far as Shakespearean times. Shakespeare has Desdemona refer to an early version of the song "All round my hat, I wears a green willow" (Othello Act IV, scene 3). The song explains: "If anyone should ask, the reason why I wears it, tell them that my true love is far, far away".
  • The colors in the rainbow awareness ribbon have the following meaning: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sun, green for nature, royal blue for harmony and violet for spirit. The Gay Pride awareness ribbon also features rainbow colors.
  • 30 years after the first cases of HIV the red awareness ribbon was created as a universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV. The AIDS Ribbon Project was officially launched at the 45th Annual Tony Awards ceremony on June 2 of 1991. The red ribbon was the first ever ribbon symbol, inspiring later versions such as the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness.
  • The first breast cancer ribbon was designed by a woman named Charlotte Haley and was actually peach in color.
  • Breast cancer survivor Evelyn Lauder of the Estee Lauder cosmetics company created the first "official" pink breast cancer ribbon pin to increase awareness.

Printable Awareness Ribbon Chart

Awareness ribbons chart
Awareness ribbons chart

Further Information:

Disability Awareness: Information & Dates of Programs
Full list of Awareness - Disability fact sheets.
Awareness Bracelet Colors and Causes - Awareness bracelets gained in popularity in 2004 when the Lance Armstrong Foundation introduced its trademark yellow silicone Livestrong wristband to raise support for cancer research.
Information and Dates of Disability Awareness Programs
http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/awareness/
Disability Etiquette and Awareness Information - Ian Langtree - (2010-05-06)
http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/awareness/etiquette.php
Rare Disease Day Awareness February 28 - 29th - National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) - (2015-02-13)
http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/awareness/rare.php
Language of Disability Awareness - Laura Gillson - (2009-01-28)
http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/awareness/language.php

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