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Once upon a time, red signified danger, purple was reserved for royalty, and that was about all there was to colour coding. Now, it's used to such an extent that we must assign multiple interpretations to each colour.

In the past, coloured armbands were a way to show respect for the departed, allegiance to a political ideal, sympathy, solidarity or to create a sense of belonging to a social movement or worthy cause. Coloured ribbons were used mainly as decoration for military medals. Recent years have seen the proliferation of coloured lapel ribbons, which have become a modern replacement of the armbands, advertising various awareness campaigns, causes and organisations.

Sometimes the ribbon is worn with another symbol. For example, Christians might wear a ribbon in conjuction with a lapel pin cross to Christianize their message (see AIDS cross.)

Wear a ribbon and you fly the flag of your favourite cause. But don't expect everyone to instantly recognise which cause you are supporting. Dozens of colours and over 550 causes are listed on this page, which is not exhaustive.

Titles frequently include "awareness" and "support", "campaign", etc. For clarity, these words hae generally been omitted from the list.

(If your campaign ribbon is missing from this list, email us with details.)

Ribbon Colours

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Colour(s)Cause or Awareness
 purple9/11 Victims
 black9/11 Victims
   red, white, blue9/11 Victims
 blackAccidents
 burgundyAccidents
 periwinkleAcid Reflux Disease
 blueAcute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
 purpleADD
 turquoiseAddiction Recovery
 blueAddiction Recovery
 light blueAddison's Disease
 yellowAdenosaracoma
 burgundyAdhesions
 whiteAdoption
 yellowAdoptive Parents
  aqua & lime greenAdult Stem Cell Donor
 burgundyAdults with Disabilities
 orangeAgent Orange - Justice for Vietnamese Agent Orange victims
 greenAging research
 tealAgoraphobia
 redAIDS. 
 grayAllergies
 blueAlopecia
 grayAlpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
 whiteAlzheimer's Disease
 purpleAlzheimer's Disease
 yellowAmber Alert (Missing Children)
 blackAmish Support
  pink & blueAmniotic Fluid Embolism
 burgundyAmyloidosis
      pinstripeAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
 purpleAnimal Abuse / Cruelty / Welfare
 blueAnkylosing Spondylitis
 periwinkleAnorexia Nervosa
 tealAnti-Bullying
 whiteAnti-Child Pornography
 blackAnti-Gang
 burgundyAntiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome
 whiteAnti-Pornography
  black & whiteAnti-Racism
 whiteAnti-Stalking
 blackAnti-Terrorism
 brownAnti-Tobacco
 purpleAnti-Violence
 whiteAnti-War
 tealAnxiety Disorder
 grayAphasia
  red & whiteAplastic Anemia
 purpleArnold Chiari Malformation
 blueArthritis
 grayAsthma
      mixedAutism & Asperger's syndrome (and ASD in general)
 purpleAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
 orangeAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  purple & yellowAutoimmune Hepatitis
 mint greenAutosomal Recessive PKD
 burgundyAV Malformation
  pink & blueBaby Safe Haven
 tealBatten Disease
 light blueBehcet's Disease
 greenBipolar Disorder
  pink & blueBirth Defects
 pinkBirth Parents
 blackBlack Lung
 yellowBladder Cancer
 tealBladder Pain Syndrome
 whiteBlindness
 yellowBone Cancer
 whiteBone Cancer
 whiteBone Disease
  black & pinkBone Marrow Donor
 greenBone Marrow Transplant and Donation
 grayBorderline Personality Disorder
 yellowBoycott Aruba
 blueBrachial Plexus Injuries
 burgundyBrain Aneurysm
 grayBrain Cancer
 silverBrain Disabilities 
 silverBrain Disorders
 grayBrain Tumor
 pinkBreast Cancer
  pink & blueBreast Cancer (Male)
 blueBrittle Bone Disease
 periwinkleBulimia Nervosa
 blueBullying
 indigoBullying
 silverCampaign for the Brain
 yellowCanadian Cancer Society
 purpleCancer
 lavenderCancer
 purpleCancer Survivor
 blueCancer Survivor
 yellowCarbon Monoxide Poisoning
 whiteCarbon monoxide poisoning (CO poisoning)
      zebra printCarcinoid & Neuroendocrine tumor
 redCardiovascular Disease
 lavenderCaregiver
 light greenCeliac Disease
 greenCerebral Palsy
 tealCervical Cancer
  teal & whiteCervical Cancer
 burgundyCesarean Section
  purple & yellowChemical Injury
 blueChild Abuse
 whiteChild Exploitation
 goldChildhood Cancer
 greenChildhood Depression
 purpleChildhood Hemiplegia and Stroke
 purpleChild Neglect
 olive greenChildren's Neurobiological Solutions (CNS)
 purpleChildren Unattended in Cars
  red & blueChildren with AIDS (UNICEF)
 silverChildren with Physical or Learning Disabilities 
 whiteChild Sexual Abuse/Assault
  black & blueChoroidal Melanoma
 blueChronic Fatigue Syndrome
 light blueChronic Illness
 light greenChronic Pelvic Pain
 blackCirrhosis
 hot pinkCleft Palate / Cleft Lip
 purpleColitis
 blueColitis
 brownColon Cancer
 blueColon Cancer
 brownColorectal Cancer
 blueColorectal Cancer
 whiteCommunity Support
 yellowComplementary/Alternative Medicine
  black & blueConcern Of Police Survivors (COPS): Support Law Enforcement
 whiteCongenital Cataracts
 whiteCongenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
 tealCongenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
 redCongenital Heart Defects
  red & blueCongenital Heart Defects
 redCongenital Heart Disease
  red & blueCongenital Heart Disease
 mint greenCongenital Hepatic Fibrosis
 redCongestive Heart Failure
 goldCOPD
  blue & silverCoping with Cancer
 yellowCraniofacial Acceptance
 lavenderCraniosynostosis
 greenCraniosynostosis
 blueCrime Victim's Rights
 purpleCrohn's Disease
 blueCrohn's Disease
 orangeCultural Diversity
 purpleCystic Fibrosis
 burgundyCystic Hygroma
 blackDeath
 greenDepression
  blue & yellowDesignated Drivers (The Hero Campaign)
 grayDiabetes
 whiteDiabetes
 redDiamond-Blackfan Anemia
 light blueDiGeorge Sequence
 burgundyDisabled Adults 
 silverDisabled Children 
 tealDissociative Identity Disorder
  black & whiteDiversity
 purpleDomestic Violence
 blueDomestic Violence
  purple & tealDomestic Violence
  blue & yellowDown Syndrome
 greenDriving Safety
 redDriving Under the Influence
 blueDrowning Awareness
 redDrug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)
 purpleDrug Overdose
 lime greenDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  red & whiteDVT
 blueDysautonomia
 light blueDysautonomia
 silverDyslexia
 blueDystonia
 periwinkleEating Disorders
 purpleEating Disorders Recovery
  gold & silverEar Related Disorders and Diseases
 tealEctodermal Dysphasia
  orchid & orangeEczema
 blueEducation
      zebra printEhlers-Danlos Syndrome
 silverElderly Abuse
 whiteElderly Affairs
 blueElectronic Frontier Foundation: Freedom of Speech Online
 goldEmbryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma Neuroblastoma
 pearl. Emphysema
 silverEncephalitis
 peachEndometrial Cancer
 yellowEndometriosis
 whiteEnd Violence Against Women
 greenEnvironment
 periwinkleEosinophilic Disorders
 lavenderEpilepsy
 purpleEpilepsy
 redEpidermolysis Bullosa
 blueEpstein-Barr Virus
 yellowEquality
 blueErb's Palsy
 periwinkleEsophageal Cancer
 redEvans Syndrome
 yellowEwings Sarcoma
 greenEye Injury Prevention
 greenFanconi's Syndrome
 burgundyFactor V Leiden
 redFactor XI Deficiency
 brownFamilial Polyposis
 blueFamilial Polyposis
 orangeFeral Cats
 greenFibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva
 cranberryFibromyalgia
 purpleFibromyalgia
 yellow polkaFibromyalgia (UK)
  red & blueFireFighters' Day
   red, white, blueFireworks Safety
 tealFood Allergies
 lavenderFoster Care
 tealFragile X
 greenFreedom
 blueFree Speech
 blackGang Prevention
 periwinkleGastric Cancer
 periwinkleGastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
      rainbow. Same Sex Marriages
 whiteGay-Teen Suicide
  pink & blueGenital Integrity
 mint greenGenetic Disorders
 indigoGenetic Disorders
 greenGlaucoma
 light blueGraves Disease
 greenGrowth and Rebuilding
 blueGuillian Barre Syndrome
 yellowGulf War
 blackGun Control
 lavenderGynecological Cancer
 tealGynecological Cancer
 silverGynaecological Cancer
 purpleHarmony
 indigoHarassment
 burgundyHeadaches
  red & whiteHead and Neck Cancer
  gold & silverHearing Disorders
  gold & silverHearing Impairments
 redHeart Disease
 burgundyHemangioma and Vascular Malformation
 redHemophilia
 jadeHepatitis B
 redHepatitis C
  red & yellowHepatitis C
  pink & tealHereditary Breast Cancer
 burgundyHereditary Hemochromatosis
  red & whiteHereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia
 whiteHernia
 purpleHidradenitis Suppurativa
 redHigh Blood Pressure
 redHIV
 redHIV / HCV Co-Infection
  red & yellowHIV / HCV Co-Infection
 violetHodgkin's Disease
 whiteHolocaust Remembrance
 purpleHomelessness
 yellowHope
 whiteHope and Support
  purple & greenHospice and Palliative Care
 burgundyHospice Care
 redHuffing
 burgundyHughes Syndrome
 light greenHuman Papilloma Virus (HPV)
 blueHuman Trafficking
 orangeHunger
 blueHuntington's Disease
 blueHurricane
 blueHystiocytosis
 blueHydranencephaly
 yellowHydrocephaly
 light blueHyperaldosteronism
  pink & blueHyperemesis Graviduram
 redHypertension
 lavenderHypokalemic Periodic Paralysis
  red & blueHypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome
 blueIchthyosis
 lavenderInfantile Spasms
  pink & blueInfant Loss
  pink & blueInfertility
 hot pinkInflammatory Breast Cancer
  pink & blueInflammatory Breast Cancer
 redInhalant Abuse
 whiteInnocence
  red & blueInternational FireFighters' Day
 blueInternet Free Speech
 tealInterstitial Cystitis
 blueInterstitial Cystitis
 periwinkleIrritable Bowel Syndrome
 mint greenIvemark Syndrome
 blueJapanese Abductees Kidnapped by North Korea
 greenKidney Cancer
 orangeKidney Cancer
 greenKidney Disease
 greenKidney Donation
 light blueKlinefelter's Syndrome
 blueLangerhans Cell Hystiocytosis
 purpleLeimyosarcoma
 orangeLeukemia
 greenLeukemia
 blueLeukodystrophy
 greenLiteracy Awareness
 yellowLiver Cancer
 jadeLiver Cancer
 yellowLiver Disease
 greenLiving Organ Donation
 redLong Q-T Syndrome
      pinstripeLou Gehrig's Disease
 redLove
  pink & greenLung Cancer
 pearl. Lung Cancer
  pearl & white. Lung Cancer (Non-Smoker)
 pearl. Lung Disease
 orangeLupus
 purpleLupus
  purple & yellowLupus with Endometriosis
 lime greenLyme Disease
 burgundyLymphatic Malformation
 light blueLymphedema
 redLymphoma
 lime greenLymphoma
 purpleMacular Degeneration
  pink & blueMale Breast Cancer
 orangeMalnutrition
 greenManic Depression
 redMarfan Syndrome
 blueME / CFIDS
 blackMelanoma
 orangeMelanoma
  gold & silverMeniere's Disease
 burgundyMeningococcal Meningitis
 burgundyMeningitis
 copperMenkes Disease
 light blueMen's Health
 greenMental Health
 grayMental Illness
 greenMental Illness
 greenMental Retardation
 pearl. Mesothelioma
 indigoMethicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
 burgundyMigraine
 purpleMigraine
 tealMilitary Sexual Trauma
 yellowMilitary Support
  pink & blueMiscarriage
 yellowMissing Children (Amber Alert)
 greenMissing Children
 greenMitochondrial Disease
 whiteMolestation Survivor
 redMothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
 orangeMotorcycle Safety
 blackMourning
  black & blueMourning a Brother, Father, Son, etc.
  black & pinkMourning a Daughter, Mother, Sister, etc.
 purpleMucolipidoses
 purpleMucopolysaccharidosis
 whiteMultiple Hereditary Exostoses
 burgundyMultiple Myeloma
 orangeMultiple Sclerosis
 pearl. Multiple Sclerosis
  black & redMurder Victim
  black & redMurdered Children
 lime greenMuscular Dystrophy
 orangeMuscular Dystrophy
 blueMyalgic Encephalomyelitis
 tealMyasthenia Gravis
 blueMyositis
 yellowMyxoid Liposarcoma
 blackNarcolepsy
   red, white, blueNational Support
 tealNative American Reparations
 turquoiseNative American Reparations
  gold & redNeonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (NAIT)
 greenNephrotic Syndrome
 greenNeural Tube Defects
 greenNeurofibromatosis
 silverNiemann-Pick
 lime greenNon-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
 blueNon-Smoking Week (Canada)
  red & blueNoonan's Syndrome
 purpleNo Unattended Kids in Cars
 pinkNursing Mothers
 yellowObesity
 tealObsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  black & blueOcular Melanoma
 whiteOnline Sexual Predator
 whiteOpposition to the War
   white, red, whiteOral cancer
 purpleOrca Whale Protection
 greenOrgan Donation / Transplant
 blueOsteogenesis Imperfecta
 whiteOsteoporosis
 creamOsteoporosis
 yellowOsteosarcoma
 tealOvarian Cancer
 silverOvarian cancer
 purplePagan Pride
 purplePancreatic Cancer
 purplePancreatitis (Chronic)
 tealPanic Disorder
 creamParalysis
 silverParkinson's Disease
   red, white, bluePatriotism
 whitePeace
 greenPedestrian Safety
  purple & bluePediatric Stroke
 light greenPelvic Pain
 purplePeripheral Neuropathy
 burgundyPHACES
  black & goldPlatelet Donor
 bluePolice Lost in the Line of Duty
   blue, red, blackPolyamory
 tealPolycystic Kidney Disease
 tealPolycystic Ovarian Syndrome
 whitePostpartum Depression
 burgundyPost-Polio Syndrome
 tealPost Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
 blackPOW / MIA
 yellowPOW / MIA. 
  pink & bluePregnancy Loss
  pink & bluePremature Birth
 blackPrimary Biliary Cirrhosis
 greenPrimary Sclerosing Cholangitis Progressiva
 tealProgressive Supranuclear Palsy
 redProject Red Flag
 light bluePro Choice
 redPro-life
  pink & bluePro-life
 light blueProstate Cancer
  orchid & orangePsoriasis
  red & bluePulmonary Fibrosis
 periwinklePulmonary Hypertension
 orangeRacial Tolerance
      zebra-printRare Diseases
 tealRape
 blueRectal Cancer
 orangeReflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome
 purpleReligious Tolerance
 yellowRemembrance
 greenRenal Cell Carcinoma
 blueRestless Legs Syndrome
 whiteRetinoblastoma
 lavenderRett Syndrome
 blueReye's Syndrome
  purple & blueRheumatoid Arthritis
 whiteRight to Life
  red & blueSADS
 greenSafe Driving
 whiteSafe Motherhood
 whiteSalvation Army
      rainbow. Same Sex Marriages
 lime greenSandhoff Disease
 purpleSarcoidosis
 yellowSarcoma
 greenSave Darafur
 blueSave The Music
 silverSchizophrenia
 silverSciatic Pain
 light blueScleroderma
 tealScleroderma
 whiteScoliosis
 yellowScottish National Party (SNP)
 orangeSelf Injury
 whiteSevere Combined Immune Deficiency Disease (SCID)
 blueSex Slavery
 tealSexual Assault
  purple & tealSexual Assault
 whiteSexual Assault of Students
 light greenSexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
 blueShort Bowel Syndrome
 light blueShprintzen Syndrome
 burgundySickle Cell Anemia
  pink & blueSIDS
 purpleSjogren's Syndrome
 blackSleep Apnea
 blackSleep Disorders
 periwinkleSmall Intestine Cancer
 redSniffing Abuse
 yellowSoldier Support
 light blueSpay or Neuter Pets
 pale yellowSpina bifida
 creamSpinal Cord Injury
 greenSpinal Cord Injury Research
 creamSpinal Disorders
 creamSpinal Muscular Atrophy
  red & whiteSquamous Cell Carcinoma
 whiteStalking
 indigoStalking
 silverStalking
 greenStem Cell Donor
 greenStem Cell Research
 blueSteven Johnson Syndrome
  pink & blueStillbirth
 periwinkleStomach Cancer
 tealStress Disorder
 redStroke
 silverStrokes
 whiteStudent Sexual Assault
 blackStudents for Gun Control
 burgundySturge-Weber Syndrome
 redSubstance Abuse
 tealSubstance Abuse
  pink & blueSudden Infant Death Syndrome
 yellowSuicide
 purpleSuicide Prevention
 orangeSupport of Jewish Settlements in Gaza Strip and North Samaria
 yellowSupport Our Troops
 redSupraventricular Tachycardia
 indigoTargeted Individuals (Bullying, Harassment, Stalking, etc.)
 redTB (Tuberculosis)
  blue & whiteTeen Cancer
 whiteTeen Pregnancy Prevention
 blueTeens Against Smoking
 orchidTesticular Cancer
 purpleTesticular Cancer
 burgundyThrombophilia and other coagulation or blood factor disorders
 redThrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
 purpleThyroid Cancer
 light blueThyroid Disease
  gold & silverTinnitus
 greenTissue Donation or Transplants
 cranberryTMJ
 brownTobacco Awareness
 greenTourette's Syndrome
 blackTransgender Hate Victims
 greenTransplant Tissue or Organ
 blueTransverse Myelitis
 blackTrauma
 greenTraumatic Brain Injury
 light blueTrisomy 18
 yellowTroop Support
 tealTsunami Victims
 redTuberculosis (TB)
 blueTuberous Sclerosis
  pink & blueTwin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome
  blue & grayType 1 Diabetes
  red & blueUNICEF (Children with AIDS)
 peachUterine Cancer
 tealUterine Cancer
  black & blueUveal Melanoma
   black, white, blackVaccine Awareness
 silverVACTERL
 redVasculitis
 purpleVictims of 9/11
   red, white, blueVictims of 9/11
 purpleVictims of homophobia
 whiteVictims of Terrorism
 blueVictim's Rights
 light blueVelo-Cardio Facial Syndrome
 greenVon Hippel Lindau
 redVon Willebrand's Disease
 pearl. Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia
 blueWater Accidents
 blueWater Quality
 blueWater Safety
 burgundyWilliam's Syndrome
 redWolf-Parkinson-White (WPW) Syndrome
 whiteWoman's Christian Temperance Union
 greenWorker Safety
 purpleWorkers' Memorial Day
 whiteWorking to End Violence Against Women
   red, white, blueWTC Heros
   red, white, blueWTC Victims
 silverYoung Onset Parkinson's

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See also AIDS Cross

See also Yellow Cross

See also Rainbow Cross

Jade and Pearl are not colours. Like cosmetics and household paint, fancy names are often given to colours to exploit the subjectiveness and emotional context of the words and their associations. The colour shown on this page marked as 'pearl' is actually called 'Misty Rose'.

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