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Awareness Bracelets: Colors, Causes and Meanings

  • Synopsis: Published: 2010-05-26 (Rev. 2017-07-01) - Chart of silicone awareness bracelet colors showing the cause or health condition they denote. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Ian Langtree at Disabled World.

Definition: Awareness Bracelet

An awareness band, awareness bracelet, or wristband, is defined as a bracelet of various colors on which a slogan is sometimes written, usually sold to raise awareness for charitable causes.

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"By early 2005, silicone wristbands became popular with many charities, such as Make Poverty History and the BBC's Beat Bullying campaign."

Various health conditions awareness bracelets, or plastic wristbands, are available in nearly every color, or colors, and are available in materials such as silicone, fabric, rubber, or plastic. Awareness bracelets sometimes carry embossed messages demonstrating the wearer's support of a certain cause, or charitable organization.

Awareness bracelets first gained in popularity in 2004 when the Lance Armstrong Foundation introduced its trademark yellow silicone Livestrong wristband to raise support for cancer research.

Gray and orange Conversion disorder bracelet.
Gray and orange Conversion disorder bracelet.
By early 2005, silicone wristbands became popular with many other charities, such as Make Poverty History and the BBC's Beat Bullying campaign (blue).

Today, many organizations use awareness bracelets in an effort to promote their cause(s), and silicone awareness bracelets can be found in a wide variety of colors, and the colors representing the causes are recognized throughout most world countries.

Other common wristbands include bracelet colors for kidney donation (green), breast cancer (pink), diabetes (gray), multiple sclerosis (orange), Make Poverty History (white), epilepsy (half blue, half red), Hurricane Katrina (ocean blue mixed with white), pancreatic cancer (purple), and AIDS (red).

In general, the color of the band describes its cause, and the colors are often the same as the colors of awareness ribbons.

Colors and Meanings of Bracelets
Black Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

9/11 mourning
Melanoma
Narcolepsy
Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
Sleep Apnea
Sleep Disorders

Blue Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

Achalasia
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Addiction Recovery
Addisons Disease
Alopecia
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Apraxia
Arthritis
Beat Bullying (UK)
Behcets Disease
Brachial Plexus Injuries
Canada's National Non Smoking Week
Charge Syndrome
Child Abuse
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Illness
Colitis
Colon Cancer
Colon Cancer & Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Craniosynostosis
Cri du Chat Syndrome
Crohn's Disease
Cushing Syndrome
Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
DiGeorge Syndrome
Dysautonomia
Dystonia
Epstein-Barr Virus
Erb's Palsy
Familial Polyposis
Foster Care
Genetic disorders.
Graves Disease
Guillain Barre Syndrome
Histiocytosis
Huntington's Disease
Hydranencephaly
Hydrocephalus
Hyperaldosteronism
Ichthyosis
Klinefelter's Syndrome
Koolen-de Vries Syndrome
Krabbe Disease
Leukodystrophies
Lymphedema
Mastocytosis
Men's Health
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
Myositis
Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Pierre Robin syndrome
Pompe Disease
Prostate cancer
Rectal Cancer
Restless Legs Syndrome
Shprintzen Syndrome
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Syringomyelia
Thyroid Disease
Transverse Myelitis
Transverse myelitis
Tuberous Sclerosis
Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome
Usher Syndrome
Velo-Cardio Facial Syndrome
Von Hippel-Lindau
West Nile Virus

Burgundy Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

Adults with disabilities support
Amyloidosis support
Antiphospholipid Syndrome
AV Malformation
Cystic Hygroma
Disabled Adults
Factor V Leiden
Headaches
Hemangioma & Vascular Malformation
Hereditary Hemochromatosis
Hughes Syndrome
Lymphatic Malformation
Meningitis
Meningococcal Meningitis
Headaches/Migraines
Multiple Myeloma
Post-Polio Syndrome
Sickle Cell Anemia
Sturge-Weber Syndrome
Thrombophilia
Williams Syndrome

Brown Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

Anti-Tobacco
Colon & Colorectal Cancers
Familia Polyposis

Gold Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma
Childhood cancer
Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma
Neuroblastoma & Osteosarcoma

Green Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

Addiction Recovery
Adrenal Cancer
Aging research
Agoraphobia
Anti Bullying
Anxiety Disorder
Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease
Batten Disease
BiPolar Disorder
Bone Marrow Donation
Bone Tumor
Bronchiolitis Obliterans (BOS)
Celiac Disease
Cerebral Palsy awareness & support
Cervical Cancer
Childhood Depression
Chronic pelvic Pain
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
Congenital hepatic Fibrosis
Craniosynostosis
Cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5)
Depression
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Dwarfism
Dysautonomia
Ectodermal Dysphasia
Eye Injury Prevention
Fanconi's Syndrome
Fibrodysplasia Ossifican's Progressiva
Fibular Hemimelia (FH)
Food Allergies
Fragile X Syndrome
Gastroparesis
Gastroschisis
Genetic Disorders
Glaucoma
Growth & rebuilding
Gynecological cancer
hepatitis B & liver cancer
Human Papilloma Virus
Interstitial Cystitis
Interstitial Cystitis & Bladder Pain Syndrome
Ivemark Syndrome
Kabuki Syndrome
Kidney Cancer
Knee Injury
Leukemia
Literacy
Living Organ Donation
Lyme Disease
Lymphoma
Manic Depression
Marker X Syndrome
Martin-Bell Syndrome
Mental Health
Mental Illness
Military Sexual Trauma
Mitochondrial disease
Muscular Dystrophy
Myasthenia Gravis
Nephrotic Syndrome
Neural Tube Defects
Neurofibromatosis
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Organ transplant & donation
Ovarian Cancer
Panic Disorder
Polycystic Kidney Disease
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD)
Renal Cell Carcinoma
Sandhoff Disease
Scleroderma (Stiff Skin Syndrome)
Sexual Assault
Sexual Assault & Sexual Violence
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
Spinal Cord Injury
Stem Cell Research
Tissue Donation
Tourette's Syndrome
Traumatic Brain Injury
Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN)
Tsunami Victims
Uterine Cancer
Vulvar Cancer

Orange Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

ADHD
Agent Orange
Appendix Cancer
COPD
Cultural Diversity
Kidney Cancer
Leukemia
Lupus
Malnutrition
Melanoma
Multiple Sclerosis
Prader-Willi Syndrome
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome
Self Injury
Sensory Processing Disorder
Spinal Cancer

Pearl, White or Clear Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

Blindness
Bone Cancer
Bone Disease
Congenital Cataracts
Dating Violence
Emphysema
Gay-Teen Suicide
Hernia
Invisible Illness
Lung Cancer
Lung Disease
Mesothelioma
Multiple Hereditary Exostoses
Multiple Sclerosis
Osteoporosis
Postpartum Depression
Retinoblastoma Cancer
Right to Life
SCID & SCID Newborn Screening
Scoliosis
Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia

Pink Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

Breast cancer
Birth Parents
Nursing Mothers
Breast Reconstruction

Purple Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

Acid Reflux (GERD)
ADD
ADHD
Alzheimer's Disease
anorexia
Arnold Chiari Malformation
bulimia
Cancer
Childhood Hemiplegia & stroke
Chronic & Acute Pain
Colitis
Craniosynostosis
Crohn's Disease
Cystic Fibrosis
Domestic Violence
Eating disorders
Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18)
Eosinophilic Disorders
Epilepsy
Esophageal cancer
Fibromyalgia
Gastric Cancer
Gynecological Cancer
Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Hodgkin's lymphoma
Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis
Infantile Spasms
Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS)
Leiomyosarcoma
Lupus
Macular Degeneration
March of Dimes
Meningitis Survivors
Mucolididoses
Neuropathy
Pancreatic cancer
Pancreatitis
Premature Birth
Pulmonary hypertension
Retinitis Pigmentosa
Rett Syndrome
Sarcoidosis
Sjorgren's Syndrome
Small Intestine Cancer & Stomach Cancer
Spirit Day & victims of homophobia
Testicular Cancer
Thyroid Cancer
Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome)

Cream Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

Paralysis
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
Spinal Diseases and Disorders

Gray/Grey Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

Allergies
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Aphasia
Asthma
Brain cancer
Brain Tumors
Borderline Personality Disorder
Diabetes

Red Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

AIDS & HIV
Aperts Syndrome
Brain Aneurysm
Bronchiolitis Obliterans
Burn Victims
Cardiovascular Disease
Congenital Heart Defects
Congenital Heart Disease
Congestive Heart Failure
Courage & Inspiration
DARE
Diamond Blackfan Anemia
Dysautonomia
Epidermolysis Bullosa
Evans Syndrome
Factor XI Deficiency
Heart Disease
Hemophilia
High Blood Pressure
Huffing
Hypertension
Long Q-T Syndrome
Lymphoma
Marfan Syndrome
Poland Syndrome
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Stroke
Substance abuse
Supraventricular Tachycardia
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
Tuberculosis
Vasculitis
Von Willebrand's
Wegener's Granulomatosis
Wolf-Parkinson-White

Silver Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

Brachial Nerve Plexus
Brain Disabilities
Brain disorders
Campaign for the Brain
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT)
Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)
Disabled Children
Dyslexia
Elderly Abuse
Encephalitis
Gynaecological Cancer (NZ)
Medical Device Injury
Niemann-Pick
Ovarian cancer (Australia)
Parkinson's Disease
Schizophrenia
Sciatic Pain
Stalking Awareness
Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Yellow Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

Adenosarcoma
Bladder Cancer
Bone cancer / Osteosarcoma
Craniofacial Acceptance
Endometriosis
Ewings Sarcoma
Hydrocephalus
Liver Cancer
Liver Disease
Missing Children
Myxoid Liposarcoma
Osteosarcoma
Obesity
Sarcoma
Spina Bifida
Suicide Prevention

Peach Bracelets Mean Awareness for:

Endometrial Cancer
Uterine Cancer
Vaginal Cancer


Gold and Blue with Diamond awareness ribbonAwareness ribbons have also become popular symbols of causes and illness conditions over recent years. Like awareness bracelets the use of various colored folded ribbons is designed to create public awareness to health, medical conditions, disability, and other issues. We currently have over 80 different ribbon colors and designs listed that denote awareness for hundreds of conditions. In addition we also provide a huge listing of dates for awareness days, weeks, and months.



Related:

  1. List of Health and Disability Awareness Days, Weeks and Months - List of U.S. National and U.N. International commemorative observance and awareness days, weeks, months to commemorate medical research or ethical cause of importance - Ian Langtree
  2. Disability Pride: Definitions & Awareness Information - Article looks at the concept of the Disability Pride movement and what it means to the community - Ian Langtree
  3. Are Health Awareness Days Useful - Article looks at the purpose of and whether or not medical and health awareness days are useful - Drexel University

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