What are Awareness Ribbons?
The use of various colored ribbons is designed to create public awareness to health, medical conditions, disability, and other issues. Awareness ribbons are defined as 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.
Many different groups, foundations and organizations have adopted 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?
16 different colored cancer type awareness ribbons.
With new awareness days, weeks, and months, and ribbon colors, designs and symbols being created for causes, conditions, and cancer awareness, we're not sure how many there are, but as seen below there are a lot!
- Disabled World does not guarantee accuracy or legal status of these ribbons and/or their causes. Before using any ribbon colors and/or designs for any reason thoroughly research all current existing ribbon designations and causes.
- As many awareness ribbon colors may have multiple associated meanings we only list ribbons regarding health/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.
- 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 see:
How to correct, register, or submit an awareness ribbon color or design.
|Color Chart of Awareness Ribbons|
|Black Awareness Ribbons|
|Blue Awareness Ribbons|
Light Blue Ribbon
Robin Egg Blue
- Pierre Robin Syndrome, Pierre Robin Malformation, Pierre Robin Sequence, Pierre Robin Anomaly, Pierre Robin Anomalad).
Blue Ribbon (2 Tone)
Blue/Gray Ribbon with Red Blood Drop
- Type 1 Diabetes (Juvenile Diabetes)
Blue Jeans Denim Ribbon
- Genetic Disorder Awareness
- Crimes against targeted individuals of organized stalking and electronic harassment awareness.
|Brown Awareness Ribbons Causes and Meanings|
|Burgundy Awareness Ribbons|
|Copper Awareness Ribbon|
- Herpes Simplex Virus Awareness - HSV 1 is the oral version of the virus, and HSV 2 is the genital type. HSV is NOT part of standard STD screening, is highly contagious and there is no cure.
|Cream Awareness Ribbons|
|Gray/Grey Awareness Ribbons|
|Green Awareness Ribbons|
Lime Green Ribbon
Light Green Ribbon
Sea Green/Sea Foam Blue
- The awareness color for Stuttering is Sea Green (Sea Foam Blue).
|Gold Awareness Ribbons|
|Orange Awareness Ribbons|
|Peach Awareness Ribbons|
|Amber Awareness Ribbons|
- Appendix Cancer - Extremely rare condition, affecting an estimated 600 to 1,000 Americans each year. Primary lymphomas can occur in the appendix.
|Pearl, White or Clear Ribbons|
|Pink Awareness Ribbons|
|Purple Awareness Ribbon Causes and Meanings|
Lavender Awareness Ribbons
- 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.
Purple and Silver
- Purple and Silver are the colors representing International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD). Silver is the awareness color for drug overdose (fatal or nonfatal), and purple is the awareness color for opioid addiction.
|Red Awareness Ribbons|
|Silver Awareness Ribbons|
|Yellow Awareness Ribbons|
|Awareness Symbols Causes and Meanings|
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
- 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.
Checkered Eye Symbol
- The checkered eye is a wearable symbol indicating its wearer has a vision disability. It is a simple line drawing of an eye, the center (iris) is black and white checkers. The symbol bears the Checkered Eye and the text "LOW VISION".
Black and White Checkered Ribbon
- Black and white checkered awareness ribbon denotes "Blindness is a Spectrum".
Dark Blue and Orange/Orchid
- Blue Diabetes Circle Awareness. The awareness ribbon color for Diabetes was gray, however diabetes is now symbolized by the blue circle, as designated by the International Diabetes Federation.
Purple Ribbon with White Spots in Figure 8 Format
- Lichen Sclerosus awareness ribbon for a chronic skin disease. The shade of purple may change, but the white spots and figure 8 shape is the main identifier.
Multi-colored Puzzle Ribbon
- Multi-colored puzzle ribbon with the words "Developmental Disabilities Awareness - Normal is Over-rated" on one side.
Teal Lichen Sclerosus Ribbon
- Folded teal colored Lichen Sclerosus Awareness ribbon (U.K.) with the black printed words "Lichen Sclerosus" on one end and "Awareness" on the other end.
FOXG1 - Orange Ribbon with Fox Tail
- FOXG1 is a severe neurological condition characterized by seizures, small head size, inability to control body movements, and lack of speech.
Pink Ribbon - Red Ribbon
- Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon will expand the availability of vital cervical cancer screening and treatment and breast care education.
- Prurigo Nodularis (PN) awareness ribbon features a reddish color fading to "pinkish" with dots at the ends and the words Prurigo Nodularis printed on one side.
- Trisomy Awareness ribbon - Created by the Support Organization for Trisomy to represent all forms of Trisomy.
- The ribbon features a mosaic pattern of red, blue, and yellow colors, with the words "Mosaic Trisomy Awareness" printed on it.
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 Causes and Meanings|
Beige - Giraffe Print Ribbon
- Tethered spinal cord syndrome - Closely associated with spina bifida.
Black with Silver Sparkled Striped Zebra Ribbon
Black and White Striped Ribbon
- Black and White Striped Breast Implant Illness (BII) awareness ribbon with the words "Breast Implant Illness" printed black on white background.
Blue and Green
Blue, Orange, Green and Yellow
- Intestinal Malrotation - A congenital birth defect affecting the positioning of a person's intestines.
Blue and Red Ribbon
Blue and Purple Ribbon
Blue and Teal Ribbon
- The Spina Bifida Association ribbon color is blue and teal and represents all forms of Spina Bifida including Occult Spinal Dysraphism, Spina Bifida Occulta, Meningocele and Myelomeningocele.
Blue/Purple - Teal/Purple - Turquoise/Purple
- Suicide awareness and prevention (also see yellow ribbon).
Blue and Yellow Ribbon
- Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus - Ribbon incorporates combined colors of both Spina Bifida (Yellow) and Hydrocephalus (Two Tone Blue ribbon with water drop on the side ).
Bone/Beige Trimmed in Royal Blue
Brown with Pink Dots
- The Persistent Cloaca ribbon is brown to symbolize bowel issues, and the pink dots symbolize occurrence in females only.
Burgundy and Ivory
Burgundy and Purple
- Arachnoiditis - Purple is for neuropathy and burgundy for meningitis.
Cow Print Ribbon
Gold and Blue with Diamond
Gold and Silver
Light Green/Dark Blue
- Body-focused Repetitive Behavior (BFRB) - General term for related complex disorders including hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting.
Grey and Burgundy
Grey Ribbon with Red heart
Hypotonia Awareness Ribbon
- Multi-colored with the words "Hypotonia Awareness - One Inchstone at a Time".
Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness
- Idiopathic Hypersomnia - Disease characterized primarily by severe excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).
Oral Cancer Awareness Ribbon
- Oral cancer ribbon consists of three colors; Lilac which is the universal color of Dentistry or Oral Stomatology, White and Red representing Leukoplakia and Erythroplakia (white and red spots respectively) which predominantly considered as tissue manifestation seen in most of the oral pre-malignancy (cancer) conditions - Awareness ribbon design credit: Arturo P. De Leon, DMD, MAEd, FPPS; Dean of College of Dentistry, Our Lady of Fatima University, Current President Philippine Association of Dental Colleges - Larger ribbons to help spread awareness can be found at: Ribbon 1 - Ribbon 2 - Ribbon 3.
Ivory with Rose Ribbon
Lime Green with DNA Strand Ribbon
- MEF2C Haploinsufficiency Syndrome - Neurodevelopmental disorder associated with intellectual disability, autistic features, epilepsy, and abnormal movements.
Mandibulofacial Dysostosis with Microcephaly
- 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 Green Ribbon
- Synergy Saturday and Healthy Self - A weekly wellness project and health awareness initiative with free health screenings, risk assessments, giveaways and health education handouts for poor health and poverty alleviation - synergysaturday.com
Orange and navy blue ribbon
- Human Rights for Family Caregivers Awareness
Orchid and Orange Ribbon
Pink and Blue 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 and Teal Ribbon
Purple and Black
- Tracheostomy Awareness - The ribbon is 2 tone with one side being purple and the other black.
Purple and Black
- Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) Awareness - Right half of the ribbon is purple and the left half is black.
- GNA01 Gene Mutation Disorder - The awareness ribbon is colored purple and blue with the words "Epilepsy" written on the purple part and "Movement Disorder" written on the blue part.
- Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (SOD) - Purple/Green Ribbon with the words "Sod Awareness" printed in white on the purple side.
Purple and Green
Purple Blue Marigold Ribbon
Purple and Teal with White Stars
- The Necrotizing fasciitis - Purple and teal with white stars representing those who lost the battle with this disease.
Purple, Teal and Green Ribbon
- Medullary Sponge Kidney ( Cacchi-Ricci disease ).
Purple and White
- Sarcoidosis - Snowflake signifies no two Sarcoidosis Sufferers are affected in the same way.
Purple and Yellow Ribbon
Quilt Design Ribbon
- Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) - Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD).
Red and White Ribbon
Red and Zebra Striped Ribbon
- Hashimoto's Encephalitis, Hashimoto's Encephalopathy, Non-vasculitic Autoimmune Meningoencephalitis, Steroid-responsive Encephalopathy associated with Autoimmune Thyroiditis.
Red with White Border
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency Awareness
- Rare Adipose Disorders, Dercum's Disease (Adiposis Dolorosa), Madelung's Disease (Launois-Bensaude Syndrome), Multiple Familial Lipomatosis MFL and Multiple Symmetrica.
Red and Gold 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).
Red White and Black
- 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 and Yellow Ribbon
Silver and Blue
Silver, Red and Zebra Ribbon
Teal and White Ribbon
White with Blue Outline
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
White with Navy Stripe
Yellow and Multicolor Ribbon
White Ribbon with Red Spots
- Granuloma Annulare Awareness - Granuloma annulare is a chronic skin condition that causes raised reddish or skin-colored bumps (lesions) in a ring pattern, usually on the hands and feet.
Zebra Ribbon (Black and White)
How Do I Register an Awareness Ribbon Color or Design?
Awareness ribbon chart
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.
If you are designing your own awareness ribbon and need color ideas, check out our comprehensive list of HEX and RGB color codes.
How Do I Submit an Awareness Ribbon Color or Design?
You are welcome to submit an awareness ribbon color and/or design to add to our list provided it meets the following criteria:
- When submitting an awareness ribbon, or design, please provide an example(s) of where the ribbon is currently used, e.g. web-page address, organisation etc.
- Do NOT post, or redesign, awareness ribbons that are trademarked - (TM), (R). Some ribbons, including style, color, and design are copyrighted, you should thoroughly research the ribbon design you are wishing to submit to avoid possible copyright infringement.
- To avoid listing several different ribbons and/or designs for the same cause the awareness ribbon and/or design you wish to submit MUST be recognized as the most popular one chosen for the cause it represents - Different styles and colors recognised by different countries are OK.
To submit an awareness ribbon, or 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.
Awareness Bracelet Colors
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. These plastic wristbands are available in nearly every color, or colors, and are constructed from material 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 generally use the same, or similar colors to awareness ribbons.
- Cancer Awareness: Color Chart of Ribbon Colors for Cancers - List, table and printable chart outlining the colors of awareness ribbons that represent different types of cancer and their causes.
- Mood Colors: Meaning and Associations of Color Psychology - Chart showing various colors, the color meaning and what it symbolizes, for those who may be looking for ideas in designing new colored awareness bracelets and ribbons.
- Calendar of US and International 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.
- Notable LGBT Awareness Dates and Events - List of important LGBT+ community awareness remembrance dates and coming events in respect to sexual orientation, gender identity, transgenderism, transsexualism, and intersexuality.
- U.N. International Awareness and Commemorative Dates - List of International days of observance established by the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
- List of U.S. Presidential Proclamation Dates - List of annual awareness and observance dates including days, weeks and months, as recognized by U.S. presidential proclamation.