Find Your Reason - Awareness Months & Colors

Gold Ribbon: Children’s Future, Childhood Cancer, Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, COPD, Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma, Neuroblastoma and Osteosarcoma (alternate yellow)


•    National Blood Donor Month
•    National Glaucoma Awareness Month
•    National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
•    Cervical Health Awareness Month
•    Thyroid Awareness Month 
•    National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Days to note:

•    Jan. 25: National Intravenous Nurse Day


•    American Heart Month
•    AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
•    National Cancer Prevention Month
•    International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

Weeks to note:

•    Feb. 1 to Feb. 7: Patient Recognition Week
•    Feb. 7 to Feb. 14: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week 
•    Feb. 12 to Feb. 18: National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week
•    Feb. 14 to Feb. 21: Alzheimer's and Dementia Staff Education Week

Days to note:

•    Feb. 3: National Wear Red Day for women's heart health
•    Feb. 4: World Cancer Day
•    Feb. 14: National Donor Day 
•    Feb. 22: National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day


•    National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
•    Brain Injury Awareness Month
•    National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
•    Save Your Vision Month
•    National Nutrition Month
•    Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
•    National Kidney Month
•    National Endometriosis Awareness Month

Weeks to note:

•    March 12 to March 18: Patient Safety Awareness Week 
•    March 12 to March 18: Long Term Care Administrators Week
•    March 12 to March 18: National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week

Days to note:

•    March 8: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day
•    March 20: World Oral Health Day
•    March 22: The American Diabetes Association Alert Day
•    March 24: World TB Day
•    March 30: National Doctor's Day


•    National Occupational Therapy Month
•    National Parkinson's Awareness Month
•    National Cancer Control Month
•    Stress Awareness Month 
•    Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month
•    National Autism Awareness Month
•    Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Weeks to note:

•    April 2 to April 8: World Health Worker Week 
•    April 3 to April 9: National Public Health Week
•    April 18 to April 24: National Minority Cancer Awareness Week
•    April 18 to April 24: National Minority Cancer Awareness Week
•    April 23 to April 29: National Volunteer Week
•    April 23 to April 29: National Infertility Awareness Week 
•    April 23 to April 30: World Immunization Week

Days to note:

•    April 7: World Health Day
•    April 24: World Meningitis Day 
•    April 25: World Malaria Day


•    Better Hearing and Speech Month
•    Employee Health and Fitness Month
•    Healthy Vision Month
•    National American Stroke Month
•    National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
•    Older Americans Month 
•    National High Blood Pressure Education Month
•    National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month
•    National Mental Health Month 
•    Arthritis Awareness Month 
•    Hepatitis Awareness Month 
•    National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
•    Preeclampsia Awareness Month

Weeks to note:

•    May 6 to May 12: National Nurses Week
•    May 7 to May 13: National Hospital Week
•    May 14 to May 20: National Nursing Home Week
•    May 14 to May 20: National Women's Health Week

Days to note:

•    May 5: Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Campaign 
•    May 31: World No Tobacco Day


•    National Safety Month
•    Cataract Awareness Month
•    Men's Health Month
•    National Scleroderma Awareness Month

Weeks to note:

•    June 1 to June 7: National Migraine Awareness Week
•    June 12 to June 18: National Men's Health Week
•    June 15 to June 22: National Nursing Assistant Week
•    June 24 to June 30: Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

Days to note:

•    June 4: Cancer Survivors Day
•    June 14: World Blood Donor Day
•    June 19: World Sickle Cell Day 
•    June 27: National HIV Testing Day


•    Eye Injury Prevention Month
•    UV Safety Month 
•    National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month

Days to note:

•    July 23: National Parents' Day
•    July 28: World Hepatitis Day


•    National Immunization Awareness Month
•    Medic Alert Awareness Month
•    Gastroparesis Awareness Month

Weeks to note:

•    Aug. 1 to Aug. 7: World Breastfeeding Week 
•    Aug. 13 to Aug. 19: National Health Center Week
•    Aug. 14 to Aug. 18: Fungal Disease Awareness Week

Days to note:

•    Aug. 23: Health Unit Coordinators Day


•    Pain Awareness Month
•    Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
•    Healthy Aging Month
•    National Cholesterol Education Month
•    National Sickle Cell Awareness Month
•    Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month
•    National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month
•    National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
•    National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
•    National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month 
•    National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
•    Sepsis Awareness Month

Weeks to note:

•    Sept. 10 to Sept. 16: National Assisted Living Week
•    Sept. 17 to Sept. 23: National Rehabilitation Awareness Week

Days to note:

•    Sept. 13: National Celiac Disease Awareness Day 
•    Sept. 22: Falls Prevention Awareness Day 
•    Sept. 29: World Heart Day


•    National Physical Therapy Month
•    American Pharmacists Month
•    National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
•    National Dental Hygiene Month
•    National Chiropractic Month
•    Residents' Rights Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Weeks to note:

•    Oct. 1 to Oct. 7: National Mental Illness Awareness Week
•    Oct. 2 to Oct. 6: National Primary Care Week 
•    Oct. 8 to Oct. 15: Case Management Week
•    Oct. 12 to Oct. 20: Bone and Joint Health Action Week 
•    Oct. 15 to Oct. 21 National Healthcare Quality Week
•    Oct. 16 to Oct. 20: National Health Education Week
•    Oct. 22 to Oct. 28: National Respiratory Care Week

Days to note:

•    Oct. 5: National Depression Screening Day
•    Oct. 10: World Mental Health Day
•    Oct 8: World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
•    Oct. 13: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day 
•    Oct. 15: Global Handwashing Day


•    National Hospice/Palliative Care Month
•    National Family Caregivers Month
•    National Home Health Care Month 
•    National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month 
•    American Diabetes Month
•    Lung Cancer Awareness Month 
•    Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

Weeks to note:

•    Nov. 12 to Nov. 18: Home Care Aide Week
•    Nov. 13 to Nov. 19: World Antibiotic Awareness Week
•    Nov. 20 to Nov. 26: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week

Days to note:

•    Nov. 11: Veteran's Day
•    Nov. 14: World Diabetes Day


Weeks to note:

•    Dec. 3 to Dec. 9: National Hand Washing Awareness Week
•    Dec. 4 to Dec. 11: National Influenza Vaccination Week

Days to note:

•    Dec. 1: World AIDS Day

Colors and Meanings:

Gold - Childhood Cancer

Pink - Breast Cancer

Teal - Ovarian Cancer, Vulvar Cancer

Pearl - Lung Cancer

Purple - Pancreatic & Thymona Cancer & Leiomyosarcoma & Domestic                          Violence

Orange - Leukemia & Kidney Cancer

Black - Melanoma

Navy - Colon Cancer

Burgundy - Multiple Myeloma

Grey - Brain Cancer

Blue - Prostate Cancer

Burgundy & Ivory - Head & Neck Cancer

Lime - Lymphoma

Peach - Uterine Cancer

Teal & White - Cervical Cancer

Yellow - Sarcoma/Bone Cancer & Bladder Cancer

Green - Liver Cancer & Adrenal Cancer

Periwinkle - Esophageal Cancer & Stomach Cancer

Teal/Pink/Blue - Thyroid Cancer

Lavender - All Cancers

Blue & Green - Anal Cancer

Orchid - Testicular Cancer

Amber - Appendix Cancer

Marigold, Blue & Purple - Bladder Cancer

Zebra Print - Carcinoid Cancer & Endocrine Cancer

Rainbow - Adrenocortical carcinoma

Brown – Colon Cancer, Colorectal Cancer

Light Blue – Prostate Cancer

Gold Ribbon: The international awareness symbol for Childhood Cancer is the gold ribbon. ... Unlike other cancer awareness ribbons, which focus on a singular type of cancer, the gold ribbon is a symbol for all forms of cancer affecting children and adolescents

Pink Ribbon: Breast Cancer, Birth Parents & Nursing Mothers

Lime Green Ribbon: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Gastroschisis, Lyme Disease, Lymphoma (alt red), Muscular Dystrophy, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (Lymph Node Cancer), Sandhoff Disease, Spinal Cord Injuries.

Peach Ribbon: Endometrial Cancer, Uterine Cancer & Vaginal Cancer

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

Teal Ribbon: Agoraphobia, Anxiety Disorder, Batten Disease, Cervical Cancer, Chari Malformation (alt purple), Dissociative Identity Disorder, Ectodermal Dysphasia, Food Allergies, Fragile X Syndrome, Hoarding, Marker X Syndrome, Martin-Bell Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Ovarian Cancer, Panic Disorder, Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Progressive Supanuclear Palsy, Rape, Sexual Assault, Substance Abuse (alt Red), Tourette’s Syndrome, Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), Tsunami Victims, Uterine Cancer and Vulvar Cancer.

Green Ribbon: Adrenal Cancer, BiPolar Disorder, Bone Marrow Donation, Bronchiolitis Obliterans (BOS), Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Depression, Dwarfism awareness, Depression, Environment, Eye Injury Prevention, Fanconi's Syndrome, Fibrodysplasia Ossifican's Progressiva, Freedom, Gastroparesis, Glaucoma, Growth & rebuilding, Kidney Cancer & disease, Kidney Donation, Leukemia (Alt Orange), Literacy, Living Organ Donation, Manic Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness (Bi-Polar), Mental Retardation, Missing Children (alt yellow), Mitochondrial Disease, Nephrotic Syndrome, Neural Tube Defects, Neurofibromatosis, Organ Donation, Organ Transplant, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, Pruned belly Syndrome, Safe Driving, Pedestrian Safety, Save Darfur, Spinal Cord Injury and research, Stem Cell donor and Research, Tissue Donation, Traumatic Brain Injury, Von Hippel Lindau and Worker Safety.

Grey Ribbon: Allergies, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, Aphasia, Asthma, Brain Cancer, Brain Tumors, Diabetes & Mental illness (Borderline Personality Disorder)

Pink & Blue Ribbon: Amniotic Fluid Embolism, Baby Safe Haven, Birth defects, Male Breast Cancer, Hyperemesis Graviduram, Hyperammonemia, Infant Loss, Infertility, Miscarriage, Pregnancy Loss, Premature Birth, Stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) & Twin to Twin transfusion syndrome, Turners Syndrome, chILD (Pediatric bronchiolitis obliterans).

USA Flag Ribbon: National Support, Fireworks Safety, Flag, World Trade Center Victims & Heroes

Puzzle Ribbon: Autism & Asperger Syndrome

Violet Ribbon: Hodgkin's Disease & Testicular Cancer

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

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

Black Ribbon: Accidents, Amish Support, Anti-Terrorism, Gang Prevention, Gun Control, Melanoma (alt orange), Mourning, Narcolepsy, POW/MIA (alt yellow), Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders, Students for Gun Control and Trauma

Brown Ribbon: Anti-Tobacco, Colon Cancer (alt blue), Colorectal Cancer (alt blue), Familia Polyposis (alt blue) & Tobacco Awareness

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

Purple Ribbon: ADD, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Animal Abuse, Anit-Violence, Arnold Chiari Malformation (alt teal), Chronic Pain, Colitis (alt blue), Crohn’s Disease (alt blue), Cystic Fibrosis, Domestic Violence (Alt Teal & Purple), Epilepsy (alt Lavender), Fibromyalgia (alt Cranberry), Fibromyalgia in Men, GI Cancer (Intestinal), Harmony, Homelessness, Leimyosarcoma, Lupus (alt orange), Macular Degeneration, Mesh Survivor, Migraines (1st choice - alt Burgundy), Mucolididoses, Neuropathy Awareness, No Unattended kids in Cars, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatitis (Chronic), Religious Tolerance, Rett Syndrome, Sarcoidosis, Sjorgren's Syndrome, Thymona Cancer, Thyroid Cancer (alt specific ribbon) and Victims of 9/11.

Lavender Ribbon: Cancer (unspecified), Caregiver Appreciation, Epilepsy (alt purple), Foster Care, Gynecological Cancer, Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis, Infantile Spasms & Rett Syndrome

Pearl Ribbon: Emphysema, Lung Cancer, Lung Disease, Mesothelioma, Multiple Sclerosis & Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia

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

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

Navy Blue Ribbon: Alopecia, ARDS, Arthritis, Child Abuse, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Colitis, Colon Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Crime Victim’s Rights, Crohn’s Disease, Drowning, Education, Epstein-Barr Virus, Erb’s Palsy, Free Speech, Guillain Barre Syndrome, Huntington’s Disease, Hurricane Katrina, Death of Police Officer on Duty, Mastocytosis, Rectal Cancer, Restless Legs Syndrome, Teens against smoking, Victim’s Rights, Water accidents, Water Quality & Water Safety.

Light Blue Ribbon: Addisons Disease, Behcets Disease, Chronic Illness, Cushing Syndrome, DiGeorge Sequence, Graves Disease. Hyperaldosteronism, Hydrocephalus, Klinefelter's Syndrome, Lymphedema, Men's Health, Pro Choice, Prostate Cancer, Scleroderma, Shprintzen Syndrome, Spay or Neuter Pets, Thyroid Disease, Trisomy 18 and Velo-Cardio Facial Syndrome

Yellow Ribbon: Adenosarcoma, Adoptive Parents, Amber Alert, Bladder Cancer, Canadian Cancer Society, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Complementary / Alternative Medicine, Endometriosis, Equality, Ewings Sarcoma, Gulf War, Hydrocephalus (Int'l), Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Missing Children (alt green), Myxoid Liposarcoma, Osteosarcoma (Alt Gold), Obesity, POW/MIA (alt black), Remembrance, Sarcoma, Spina Bifida, Suicide Awareness & Troop or Military Support

Cream Ribbon: (DDD) Degenerative Disc Disease, Paralysis, Spinal Cord Injuries, Spinal Disorders and Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Light Green Ribbon: Celiac Disease, Chronic pelvic Pain, Human Papilloma Virus and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

Black & White Ribbon: Anti-Racism, Carcinoid Cancer, Diversity, Gifted Education, Transitions and Vaccine Awareness.

Orchid & Orange Ribbon: Eczema & Psoriasis.

Blue & Yellow Ribbon: Designated Drivers, Down Syndrome and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Blue & Purple Ribbon: Pediatric Stroke & Rheumatoid Arthritis

Blue & Red Ribbon: Congenital Heart Defects and Disease (alternate red), Hypo plastic left heart Syndrome, Olser Weber Rendu Syndrome (HHT), Noonan's Syndrome, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Rare Lung Diseases and SADS.

Red & White Ribbon: Aplastic Anemia, DVT, Head and Neck Cancer, Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, Oral Cancer and Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Teal & Purple Ribbon: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Purple & Yellow Ribbon: Autoimmune Hepatitis, Chemical Injury and the relationship between Lupus and Endometriosis.

Red & Yellow Ribbon: Hepatitis C, HIV/HCV Co-Infection and Surviving family members of Suicide victims.

Teal & White Ribbon: Cervical Cancer

Rainbow Ribbon: Adrenocortical carcinoma, Gay Pride, Same Sex Marriage.

Black & Pink Ribbon: Loss of a Sister, Loss of a female child, mourning a sister, mourning a daughter.

Black & Blue Ribbon: Loss of a Brother, Loss of a male child, mourning a brother, mourning a son.

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

Lou Gehrig Ribbon - White with Navy Pin Stripe - Specifically done for Lou Gehrig Disease.

Juvenile Diabetes Ribbon - Grey ribbon with Red heart

Thyroid Cancer Ribbon - Pink, Purple & Teal

Black & Red Ribbon - Murder Victim's, Murdered Children, Loss of a Fire fighter on Duty

Latex Allergy Ribbon - Red & Pearl - Specifically made for this cause

Gold & Silver - Hearing Disorders, Hearing Impairments, Meniere's Disease and Tinnitus.

Burgundy & Ivory - Oral head and Neck cancers, Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Throat Cancer, Laryngeal Cancer and Pharyngeal Cancer.

Orchid - Testicular Cancer

Orange & White - Bicycle Safety & Bike Helmet Safety

Turquoise - Addiction Recovery, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) (alt Pink & Blue), Interstitial Cystitis (alt Blue), Native American Reparation and Renal Cell Carcinoma (Alt Green).

Mint Green - Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease, Congenital hepatic Fibrosis, Genetic Disorders and Ivemark Syndrome.

Periwinkle & White - Esphogeal Atresia/Treacheoesphogeal Fistula 9EA/TEF

Amber - Appendix Cancer

Marigold, Blue & Purple - Bladder Cancer

Zebra Stripe: Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Endrocrine Cancer and Rare Diseases

Blue & Green: Anal Cancer, Psuedo Tumor Cerebri aka intracranial hypertension

Purple & Green: Sticklers Syndrome

White & Red Polka Dots: Auto immune progesterone dermatitis

Purple & White Stripe: Relapsing Polychondritis

Cranberry: Fibromyalgia

White with Violet Polka Dots: Cold Uticaria

Blue, Pink & Yellow w/clouds: Congenital Diaphramic Hernia