February 28.2014 – Top 10 Awareness Ribbons Everyone Should Know by Paige Paswaters

This article caught my eye today and I think it absolutely worth passing along! ~ robynn

Top 10 awareness ribbons everyone should know
By Paige Paswaters, 2/28/2014

The majority of people immediately think breast cancer when they see light pink, but would anything come to mind if you saw purple, ivory, or even pearl? These colors may not be as well known, but to some these colors signify hope, determination, and remembering lost loved ones. As a community, no matter where you are in the world, it is important to be aware of illnesses. We may not have the cure to most diseases, but raising awareness allows support groups to develop and funds to be gathered for research.

Awareness ribbons, more often than not, stand for more than just one cause. There are several that did not make our list but are of equal importance. Just to name a few: brown ribbons signify the fight against tobacco and colon cancer, green ribbons draw awareness to bipolar disorder, depression, and cerebral palsy, and lavender stands for those with epilepsy and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

You may never know the meaning to every color, but here is a compilation of the ten that people should be able to identify.

10. Pearl

Pearl can sometimes be depicted as clear, opal or white. The clear, light color signifies air because pearl predominantly represents those with lung cancer and emphysema. Additionally, it stands for the fight against mesothelioma.


Gold signifies all childhood cancers, also known as pediatric cancers. Gold is, too, representative of breast feeding, since this is the gold standard for infant and newborn nutrition.

8. Teal

When you see teal, think of anxiety disorders (including Obsessive-Compulsion Disorder, Panic disorder, and PTSD), food allergies, ovarian cancer, rape and sexual assault.

7. Periwinkle

Periwinkle raises awareness for a few very important illnesses that are not commonly thought of: eating disorders, pulmonary hypertension, and cancer of the stomach and esophagus. Eating disorders, especially, is much more common than the average person may think.

6. Red

Red is most associated with the prevention of heart disease and HIV/Aids. However, it is also seen in grade school, where they celebrate Red Ribbon Week in support of a drug-free lifestyle.

5. Blue

Blue gives awareness to bullying and child abuse, Huntington’s disease and Chrohn’s disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, just to name a few.

4. Purple

When you see purple, think of: Alzheimer’s awareness, those with ADD and ADHD, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and Cystic Fibrosis. It is the official color of the March of Dimes.

3. Orange

Orange represents those with leukemia and kidney cancer and multiple sclerosis (MS). It also stands against hunger and malnutrition. A newer addition to the color is Self Injury Awareness.

2. Puzzle
The puzzle décor represents those who face the challenges of autism. This should be an easy one to remember. It promotes the growth and development of children with autism, and it is for the most part solely dedicated to those with autism.

1. Yellow

While yellow is most recognized for supporting our troops, it is also dedicated to suicide prevention, spina bifida and those with bone cancer. Yellow is a general symbol for hope and light.

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