Awareness Ribbons Guide Colors and Meanings

Awareness ribbons have become powerful symbols of solidarity and support, drawing attention to numerous causes worldwide. These simple yet impactful ribbons, donned or displayed in various colors, hold deep significance and represent diverse social, health, and humanitarian issues.

Awareness ribbons are more than just visual reminders—they spark conversations, foster empathy, and promote understanding. By highlighting important issues, they honor those affected and inspire collective action, making them essential tools in advocacy and driving positive change.

In this article, we will explore the importance of awareness ribbons, examining their history, symbolism, and impact on individuals and communities globally.

Understanding Cause Awareness and Its Importance

These ribbons symbolize our commitment to eradicating illness and supporting our loved ones. Every effort, big or small, brings us closer to this important goal. In the healthcare industry, having a supportive network of allies who understand your struggle and vision is crucial.

Awareness Ribbon Colors and Their Meanings

Wondering what those colorful ribbons stand for? Each shade and pattern represents a different cause or disease. Here's a handy guide to help you understand the meaning behind each awareness ribbon.


People wear the red ribbon to raise awareness and show support for HIV/AIDS patients. It also symbolizes heart disease, stroke, substance abuse, and more. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of health issues associated with the color red.

AIDS/HIV, Blood Cancers and Disorders, Cardiovascular Disease, Apert Syndrome, Bronchiolitis Obliterans (BOS), Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, Congenital Heart Defects, Congenital Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, Aplastic Anemia, Courage and Inspiration, DARE, Burn Victims, Driving under the Influence, Diamond Blackfan Anemia, Evans Syndrome, Factor XI Deficiency, Heart Disease, Wegener's Granulomatosis, Dysautonomia, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Hemophilia, Huffing, Hypertension, Inhalant Abuse, Project Red Flag, Love, Lymphoma, High Blood Pressure, MADD, Marfan Syndrome, Poland Syndrome, Long Q-T Syndrome, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Supraventricular Tachycardia, Stroke, Substance Abuse, Sniffing Abuse, Tuberculosis, Von Willebrand's Disease, Wolf-Parkinson-White.

Burgundy Ribbon:

Adhesions, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Adults with Disabilities, Brain Aneurysm, Post-Polio Syndrome, Cesarean Section, AV Malformation, Disabled Adults, Lymphatic Malformation, Factor V Leiden, Headaches, Hereditary Hemochromatosis, Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation, Hospice Care, Meningitis, Meningococcal Meningitis, Migraine, Multiple Myeloma, PHACES, Cystic Hygroma, Sickle Cell Anemia, Hughes Syndrome, Sturge-Weber Syndrome, Thrombophilia and Williams Syndrome

Cranberry Ribbon:


Peach Ribbon:

Endometrial Cancer, Vaginal Cancer, Uterine Cancer


Birth Parents, Breast Cancer, Nursing Mothers


The yellow ribbon is a powerful symbol of support and awareness. It's most commonly used to honor and support our troops who work tirelessly to protect our nation. But did you know it also stands for other important causes? From suicide prevention to missing children and bladder health, the yellow ribbon carries multiple meanings. Discover more about the symbols associated with the yellow ribbon below.

Adenosarcoma, Ewing's Sarcoma, Gulf War, Bladder Cancer, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, POW/MIA, Adoptive Parents, Liver Cancer, Canadian Cancer Society, Liver Disease, Complementary/Alternative Medicine, Endometriosis, Equality, Amber Alert, Hydrocephalus, Missing Children, Suicide Awareness, Osteosarcoma, Obesity, Remembrance, Sarcoma, Spina Bifida, Myxoid Liposarcoma, Troop or Military Support

Amber Ribbon:

Appendix Cancer


The blue ribbon is a powerful symbol of support for various causes. It primarily stands for child abuse prevention, but it also raises awareness for anti-bullying, sex slavery, and addiction recovery. Want to know more? Keep reading!

Alopecia, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Anal Cancer (alternate), Anti-Bullying, Apraxia, Children's Healthy Weight, Arthritis, Colon Cancer, Brachial Plexus Injuries, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), Cru du Chat Syndrome, Child Abuse, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Drunk Driving, Colitis, Colorectal Cancer, Epstein-Barr Virus, Crime Victims' Rights, Crohn's Disease, Free Speech, Drowning Awareness, Guillain Barre Syndrome, Dysautonomia, Dystonia, Education, Interstitial Cystitis, Erb's Palsy, Familial Polyposis, Water Accidents, Foster Care Awareness, Hydrocephalus (U.S.), Teens against Smoking, Huntington's Disease, Hurricanes, Police Lost in Line of Duty, Histiocytosis, Juvenile Arthritis, Krabbe Disease, Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, Leukodystrophies, ME/CFIDS, Myositis, Prevent School Violence, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (IO), Victims of Hurricane Katrina, Restless Legs Syndrome, Ichthyosis, Victim's Rights, Juvenile Dermatomyositis, Steven Johnson Syndrome, Pompe Disease (also denim blue), Transverse Myelitis, Usher's Syndrome, Save the Music, Water Quality, Water Safety, West Nile Virus

Light Blue Ribbon:

Hydrocephalus, Klinefelter's Syndrome, Cushing Syndrome, Trisomy 18, Lymphedema, Men's Health, Graves' Disease, Hyperaldosteronism, Behcet's Disease, Prostate Cancer, Pro Choice, Shprintzen Syndrome, Spay or Neuter Pets, Scleroderma, Thyroid Disease, Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome

Navy Blue Ribbon:

Alopecia, Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Child Abuse, Colon Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Mastocytosis, Colorectal Cancer, ARDS, Crohn's Disease, Colitis, Drowning, Education, Epstein-Barr Virus, Water Accidents, Death of Police Officer on Duty, Crime Victims' Rights, Free Speech, Guillain Barre Syndrome, Huntington's Disease, Hurricane Katrina, Erb's Palsy, Restless Legs Syndrome, Victims' Rights, Teens against Smoking, Water Quality and Water Safety

Pale Blue Ribbon:

Achalasia Disease

Periwinkle Blue Ribbon:

Gastric Cancer, Acid Reflux, Eating Disorders, Eosinophilic Disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Esophageal Cancer, Small Intestine Cancer, Anorexia Nervosa, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Bulimia Nervosa, Pulmonary Hypertension, Stomach Cancer

Robin's Egg Blue Ribbon:

Pierre Robin Syndrome

Royal Blue Ribbon:

Transverse Myelitis, Child Abuse Awareness, Syringomyelia


Marker X Syndrome, Agoraphobia, Batten Disease, Chiari Malformation, Fragile X Syndrome, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Martin-Bell Syndrome, Anxiety Disorder, Compulsive Disorder, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Ectodermal Dysphasia, Cervical Cancer, Food Allergies, Hoarding, Myasthenia Gravis, Sexual Assault, Obsessive- Ovarian Cancer, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Uterine Cancer, Panic Disorder, Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), Rape, Substance Abuse, Tourette's Syndrome, Tsunami Victims, Vulvar Cancer

Turquoise Ribbon:

Interstitial Cystitis, Addiction Recovery, Native American Reparation, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), Renal Cell Carcinoma.


The orange awareness ribbon symbolizes support for individuals battling leukemia and multiple sclerosis. It also represents solidarity with those facing spinal or kidney cancers. Additionally, the orange ribbon is linked to other conditions, which are listed below.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Hunger, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, Leukemia, Melanoma, Lupus, Cultural Diversity, Kidney Cancer (Renal Cell Carcinoma), Motorcycle Safety, Agent Orange, Racial Tolerance, Spinal Cancer, Sensory Processing Disorder, Self-Injury, Prader-Willi Syndrome.


Green Ribbon

The green awareness ribbon is most commonly associated with childhood depression. It also represents conditions like cerebral palsy and bipolar disorder. Learn more about what the color green and its various shades signify.

Cerebral Palsy, Bipolar Disorder, Eye Injury Prevention, Bronchiolitis Obliterans (BOS), Adrenal Cancer, Dwarfism Awareness, Depression, Bone Marrow Donation, Environment, Fanconi's Syndrome, Childhood Depression, Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, Glaucoma, Growth and Rebuilding, Living Organ Donation, Kidney Cancer and Disease, Leukemia, Literacy, Kidney Donation, Freedom, Mental Health, Neural Tube Defects, Mental Illness (Bipolar), Mental Retardation, Gastroparesis, Manic Depression, Nephrotic Syndrome, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, Missing Children Mitochondrial Disease, Organ Donation, Traumatic Brain Injury, Organ Transplant, Stem Cell Donor and Research, Pruned Belly Syndrome, Neurofibromatosis, Safe Driving, Pedestrian Safety, Save Darfur, Spinal Cord Injury and Research, Tissue Donation, Von Hippel Lindau, Worker Safety

Jade Ribbon:

Hepatitis B, Liver Cancer

Light Green Ribbon:

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD), Chronic Pelvic Pain, Celiac Disease, Human Papilloma Virus

Lime Green Ribbon:

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (Lymph Node Cancer), Gastroschisis, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Sandhoff Disease, Lyme Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Lymphoma, Spinal Cord Injuries

Mint Green Ribbon:

Genetic Disorders, Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis, Ivemark Syndrome, Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease.


Purple is a powerful color representing a wide range of causes. It's the symbol for pancreatic cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, and lupus. Purple also stands for awareness of animal abuse, Crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis, fibromyalgia, sarcoidosis, thyroid cancer, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), and religious tolerance.

ADHD, Animal Abuse, Crohn's Disease, ADD, Arnold Chiari Malformation, Alzheimer's, Anti-Violence, Fibromyalgia in Men, GI Cancer (Intestinal), Chronic Pain, Colitis, Cystic Fibrosis, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Harmony, Homelessness, Leiomyosarcoma, Lupus, Mucolipidosis, Neuropathy Awareness, Macular Degeneration, Migraines (1st choice: alternate burgundy), Domestic Violence, No Unattended Kids in Cars, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatitis (Chronic), Thyroid Cancer, Religious Tolerance, Mesh Survivor, Sarcoidosis, Sjogren's Syndrome, Thymoma Cancer, Rett Syndrome, Victims of 9/11

Lavender Ribbon:

Caregiver Appreciation, Cancer (unspecified), Epilepsy, Gynecological Cancer, Foster Care, Infantile Spasms, Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis, Rett Syndrome

Orchid Ribbon:

Testicular Cancer

Violet Ribbon:

Hodgkin's Disease, Testicular Cancer.

Neutral Colored Ribbons


Black ribbons universally symbolize mourning and remembrance. You might also notice magnetic black ribbons promoting awareness for POW/MIA, serving as an alternative to yellow ribbons. Beyond mourning, black ribbons represent melanoma awareness, sleep disorders, and gang prevention. Other meanings include:

Amish Support, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, Gang Prevention, Accidents, Gun Control, Anti-Terrorism, Narcolepsy, Mourning, POW/MIA, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders, Students for Gun Control, Melanoma, Trauma


Adoption, Congenital Cataracts, Adoptee, Bone Cancer, Anti-Pornography, Blindness, Bone Disease, Child Exploitation, Anti-Child Pornography, Child Sexual Abuse/Assault, Anti-War, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Community Support, Hernia, Hope and Support, Innocence, Online Sexual Predator Awareness and Internet Safety, Multiple Hereditary Exostoses, Elderly Affairs, Salvation Army, Holocaust Remembrance, Molestation Survivor, Osteoporosis, Peace, Retinoblastoma, Right to Life, Safe Motherhood, Scoliosis, Postpartum Depression, Stalking, Student Sexual Abuse, Victims of Terrorism


Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, Brain Tumors, Allergies, Brain Cancer, Asthma, Diabetes, Aphasia, Mental Illness (Borderline Personality Disorder)

Pearl Ribbon:

Lung Cancer, Emphysema, Mesothelioma, Lung Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia

Silver Ribbon:

Brain Disorders, Campaign for the Brain, Disabled Children, Brain Disabilities, Parkinson's Disease, Encephalitis, Schizophrenia, Dyslexia, Elderly Abuse, Niemann-Pick, Sciatic Pain, VACTERL, Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT), Young Onset Parkinson's Association (YOPA)

How to Show Awareness

Wearing a ribbon is a classic way to show support for a cause, but there are many other ways to demonstrate your commitment. Take breast cancer, for example, widely recognized with pink ribbons.

Given that multiple causes may share the same color or have different variations, it's crucial to know exactly what you're supporting.


Awareness ribbons are powerful symbols of compassion, solidarity, and hope. These small, colorful loops have driven significant change by highlighting important issues and sparking essential conversations. Whether worn on lapels, tied around trees, or shared on social media, awareness ribbons remind us of the strength in unity and the impact of collective action.