Awareness and Ribbon Banners

History Awareness Ribbons

The use of colored ribbons being used to raise awareness for a cause or show support for a cause actually dates back to medieval times. Ribbons were given to warring knights. Much more recently, a yellow ribbon became a welcome home message to soldiers after WWII. More recently yet, political statements have been made when celebrities take to a cause. In 1991 red ribbons brought attention to the AIDS epidemic from the public stage of the Tony Awards and in 2017 green ribbons at the Emmy Awards show support for climate change action.

While you're probably familiar with the most common ribbon meanings, you may not realize that there are hundreds of ribbons out there with different meanings!

Awareness Ribbon Colors

  • Lavender: All Cancers
  • Pink: Breast Cancer
  • Grey: Brain Cancer
  • Orange: Leukemia
  • Teal: Ovarian Cancer / Sexual Assault Awareness
  • Brown: Colon Cancer
  • Baby Blue/Pink: Pregnancy / Infant Loss
  • Magenta/Purple/Teal: Thyroid
  • Red: AIDS
  • Yellow: Support our Troops
  • Green: Kidney
  • Blue/Grey Pinstripe: Lou Gerhig Disease / ALS
  • Puzzle: Autism

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