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Awareness Ribbon Colors and Meanings

December 22, 2007

Black Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of mourning, melanoma, and gang prevention

Blue Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of drunk driving, child abuse, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), the victims of hurricane Katrina, dystonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), alopecia, Education, Epstein-Barr Virus, Save the Music, colon cancer (alternative ribbon color: brown), colorectal cancer (alternative ribbon color: brown), and anti-tobacco – particularly anti-second hand smoke (in Canada; alternative ribbon color: brown), I Love Clean Air/ILCA Campaign (Japan)

Brown Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is an anti-tobacco symbol as well as a symbol of colon cancer (alternative ribbon color: blue), colorectal cancer (alternative ribbon color: blue)

Burgundy Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of brain aneurysm, Cesarean section (worn upside down), headaches, hemangioma, vascular malformation, hospice care, multiple myeloma, William’s syndrome, Thrombophilia, Antiphospholid Antibody Syndrome, and adults with disabilities

Dark Blue Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of arthritis, child abuse prevention, victim’s rights, free speech, water quality, and water safety

Flag Ribbon:
Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for both the victims and heros of the 9/11 attacks. It is also a symbol of patriotism and support of our troops. In addition, it is a symbol of fireworks safety.

Gold Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol for childhood cancer

Green Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of childhood depression, missing children, open records for adoptees, environmental concerns, kidney cancer, tissue/organ donation, homeopathy, and worker and driving safety

Grey Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of diabetes, asthma, and brain cancer

Jigsaw Puzzle Ribbon:
Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for autism

Lace Ribbon:
Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for osteoporosis

Lavender Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol for general cancer awareness. It can also be a symbol for epilepsy, and rett syndrome

Light Blue Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of childhood cancer (alternative color: pink), prostate cancer, Trisomy 18, and scleroderma

Orange Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of leukemia, hunger, cultural diversity, humane treatment of animals, and self-injury awareness

Pale Yellow Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of spina bifida

Pearl Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol for emphysema, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and multiple sclerosis

Periwinkle Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of eating disorders and pulmonary hypertension

Pink Ribbon :
Meaning: Most commonly associated with breast cancer awareness, this ribbon is also a symbol for birth parents, and childhood cancer awareness (alternative color: light blue)

Pink and Blue Ribbon:
Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death due to SIDS or other causes

Purple Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of pancreatic cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer, domestic violence, ADD, alzheimer’s, religious tolerance, animal abuse, the victims of 9/11 including the police and firefighters, Crohn’s disease and colitis, cystic fibrosis, lupus, leiomyosarcoma, fibromyalgia and Sarcoidosis

Rainbow Ribbon:
Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol of gay pride and support for the GLBT community and their quest for equal rights.

Red Ribbon :
Meaning: Most commonly associated with the fight against AIDS and HIV, this ribbon also is a symbol for heart disease, stroke, substance abuse, MADD, DARE, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Silver Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol for children with disabilities, Parkinson’s disease, and mental illnesses such as severe depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders.

Teal Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol for ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancers as well as sexual assault, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and tsunami victims

White Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of innocence, victims of terrorism, violence against women, peace, right to life, bone cancer, adoptees, and retinal blastoma

Yellow Ribbon :
Meaning: We’ve all seen this symbol used to support our troops, but it is also a symbol for MIA/POW, suicide prevention, adoptive parents, amber alerts, bladder cancer, spina bifida, endometriosis, and a general symbol for hope. A yellow ribbon with a heart is used to represent the survivors left behind after a suicide.

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  1. JJ
    December 22, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    Great to know all the color ribbons stand for. Curious…what’s about awareness ribbon color for Deaf?

  2. December 22, 2007 at 1:18 pm


    About Deaf ribbon, we don’t have one.

  3. .
    December 22, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing the information about their color ribbons and meanings. Remember we learn something new everyday. Thanks again.

  4. December 22, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Oh, I must be blind about colorectal cancer ribbon.

    Deaf Pixie

  5. Diana
    December 23, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    There is a black and white striped ribbon for carcinoid cancer.

  6. Billythegoat
    December 23, 2007 at 1:53 pm


    It tells you everything from A to Z.

  7. JJ
    December 24, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Should we make our own color ribbon for Deaf Awareness? Any idea what color? What’s about design on the ribbon? Thinking about it?

  8. Anonymous
    January 25, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    hearing disorders and hearing impairements are gold and silver

  9. Donna Gulcynski
    April 27, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Hi, I just love your web site. I have received aLOT OF VERY INFORMATIVE INFO.. cOULD you please let me know if there is a colored ribbon for skin cancer.. I am a survivor from breast and cerical cancer. I work with the relay for life here in west seneca N.Y. I have had alot of people ask. Thanks for all your hard work we really appreciate it.


  10. April 27, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Donna, the colored ribbon for skin cancer is black.

  11. Donna Gulcynski
    April 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Thank You all so much!!!

  12. Thomas J Moore
    June 3, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Great website

  13. Thomas J Moore
    June 4, 2008 at 12:16 am

    I am a Nurse and have been put in charge of ribbons for your staff. We certainly want people to be aware of these conditions and disease processes.

  14. August 3, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Hello, there is also a Turquoise Ribbon, which means Sign Languages around the World. For more information check it: http://www.oeglb.at/?id=LH2004-12-13-1100

  15. bettyboop
    August 4, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Bug the yellow ribbon is also for men in prison also years ago when it was started in support for troops some people complained and said it was for men in prison and didnt like the idea for support of troops..
    i think in the 1960’s it was for the men in prison i cant remember..

  16. August 15, 2008 at 7:04 am

    My daugther have leukemia and i wanna do a tatto,i didn’t no what to do but now i now what ribbon is the correct for me.very nices job,thanks

  17. Ronda
    May 7, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I was just wondering if anyone knew where you can find legal awareness ribbons to use for images? I am starting an awareness forum and want to make signature tags and want to make sure that I am copyright compliant. I am not sure where to look for any. Thanks very much for any info you might have.

    Ronda-Breast Cancer Fighter

  18. May 8, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Aromagirl2, the colored ribbon for leukemia is orange.

    Ronda, you may use our images if you can’t find one. Good luck with your awareness forum.

  19. Krystena
    June 15, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Can you please update this site? The turquoise ribbon stands for sign language around the world. Please add it.

  20. Antionette Wright
    March 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I would like to think you about how you gave me information about the awearness ribbins its a good source of imfo’ i would like to be able to aks more qestions about these awearness ribbins

  21. July 13, 2010 at 8:44 am

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  22. July 16, 2010 at 4:04 am

    thanks reply

  23. Jon
    November 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Indeed, there is a high-quality content, I congratulate you.

  24. Anonymous
    January 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Is there a ribbon color for spinal cancer?

  25. Anonymous
    June 23, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Is there a ribbon for blind or visually impaired?

  26. Anonymous
    June 24, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    just fyi green is also gastroschisis awareness!!

  27. myegy
    June 25, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Hello! I just would like to give a huge thumbs up for the great info you have here on this post. I will be coming back to your blog for more soon.

  28. RB
    July 18, 2011 at 5:55 am

    This is a great website. I dident know there was that much ribbons. Which one is the one for chest cancer.


  29. July 24, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    JJ :
    Great to know all the color ribbons stand for. Curious…what’s about awareness ribbon color for Deaf?

    I think its actually a butterfly. At least it is in Australia.

  30. Anonymous
    October 3, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    What about Traumatic Brain Injury? I wanted to make some tshirts, but I want the correct color ribbon. I thought it was green but we went to a Brain Injury awareness Walk this past weekend and the bracelates were turquoise.

  31. October 5, 2011 at 7:09 am

    The color ribbon of Traumatic Brain Injury is still green.

  32. lori
    October 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    thanks for da info. ive been looking for a symbol for leukemia or some type of ribbon i lost my mom at really young age n i wanted to put a tattoo, but do u think if i put da orange ribbon it wont get ppl confused

  33. Cassie
    November 1, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I”m with JJ…what is the color ribbon for the hearing impaired?

  34. Kat
    December 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Hello, Is there a ribbon color For a person who has disappeared and never found?

  35. mel
    January 23, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I found several websites that say the blue ribbon is for deaf awareness Here a link to one of them


  36. mel
    January 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Here’s another more updated site that I copied and pasted a line from that give more detail of the colors and meanings.

    SILVER and GOLD – Deafness, Ear Related Disorders and Diseases, Hearing Impairment or Loss, Ménière’s Disease, Tinnitus.


  37. Anonymous
    January 30, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    i see nothing that shows the deaf

  38. Jennifer Getz
    February 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Would like to know if there is a ribbon color for abused children.

  39. Tanya
    March 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    What is the color for Brain Injury?

  40. Anonymous
    April 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Hi my grandma had breast cancer is there one for that cause i cant read so i dont know…im only six

  41. June 1, 2012 at 6:59 am

    silver ribbon is for children with disabilities just saying

  42. June 1, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Considering deafness IS considered a disability it would be silver

  43. sarah
    June 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    does anyone know one for ‘strength’ or for cancer in the uterus?

  44. Anonymous
    June 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

    this is a phenomanol website!!! 😉

  45. danceforlife
    June 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

    thanks this was a fantastic web site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    my greatgrandma die because pancreais

  46. danceforlife
    June 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

    im only 12

  47. danceforlife
    June 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

    why isn’t there a deaf ribbon in america? we should make one!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Anonymous
    June 30, 2012 at 2:47 am

    why dont we vote on a color for deaf- i vote hunter green or neon green

  49. Anonymous
    June 30, 2012 at 2:51 am

    what about a ribbon for the illness “COPD”?

  50. carol
    July 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    the color silver , worn upside down, is for overdose awareness

  51. Jessica
    August 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    come on guys read the thing correctly most questions being asked are clearly stated in the above passages..

  52. jessica
    August 14, 2012 at 8:15 am

    is there a ribbon for hearing loss? thank you

  53. reenie
    September 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I think the color
    for hard of hearing and deaf people and lost of sight. should be a glow in the dark ribbon
    sharing the light that we are people

  54. September 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    what about bleeding disorders?

  55. September 28, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I love the list of ribbon colors! I am the moderator and founder of a quickly growing Facebook Group called Thinking Outside the Light-box. We are a support group for parents of children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). CVI is a neurological visual disorder. It is the fastest growing visual impairment diagnosis today. This week, the group of over 1,100 members from around the world voted – and chose that SILVER would represent Cortical Visual Impairment. Just wanted to share this exciting news! (https://www.facebook.com/Thinkingoutsidethelightbox)

  56. Holly
    September 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I like Reenie ribbon the glow in the dark

  57. Holly
    September 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    i came up with a ribbon for the people who are deaf or hard of hearing
    reflecting ribbon. that will reflect that people who can hear can see the person has a hearing loss we can’t hear cars or bikes coming or people behind us.

  58. Anonymous
    September 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    The color for hearing loss ad impairment is gold and silver

  59. September 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    not cazana

  60. Anonymous
    October 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Which one was Ronan 😦

  61. Anonymous
    October 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm


  62. Selyna
    March 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    im 13 and my uncle had TBI isnt the ribbon green also.

  63. March 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    America had it’s first instance of using awareness ribbons to commemorate the thoughts and prayers that were going out for our troops stationed in harm’s way in the 1970s [the Viet Nam war]. The yellow ribbon symbol quickly became associated with our troops and hostages [POW’s]. On a January 28 CBS broadcast, Penelope Laingen, wife of the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Tehran, Bruce Laingen, was interviewed outside her home in Bethesda, Maryland. “It just came to me, to give people something to do, rather than throw dog food at Iranians. I said, ‘Why don’t they tie a yellow ribbon around an old oak tree.’ That’s how it started.” Inspired by the song, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,”

  64. karz
    May 15, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    This web site is awesome. Know I know what colour to were on the 25 of May 2013 for the cancer walk in Belize City, Belize. Thanks. Oh…! By the way. I lost a friend from leukemia on the 24 of January 2013 so I am going the walk for him. I miss you maicol. R.I.P.

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  66. Lori M. Lytle
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