Awareness Ribbons: What Does a Blue Ribbon Mean?

Blue Awareness Ribbon

There are a lot of awareness ribbons — trust us, we spent a lot of time putting together this list — and it can be challenging to know which colors are associated with which causes.

Fortunately, we’ve got your back. At Good Good Good we’re all about celebrating the good being done in the world — and helping people make a difference in the world

And bringing awareness to important issues is a part of both of those!

Variations of awareness ribbons have been used since the middle ages — but they gained significant popularity in the early 1900s when yellow ribbons were given to U.S. soldiers. Since then, awareness ribbons have been used to represent hundreds of causes — most notably pink awareness ribbons for breast cancer and red awareness ribbons for HIV/AIDS.

In this article, we’re specifically diving into what blue awareness ribbons mean and what causes they represent:

What do different blue ribbons mean?

The term ‘blue ribbon’ is traditionally used in reference to an award or honor given for excellence or for winning first-place in a competition. In terms of awareness ribbons, the color blue can also signify awareness for men’s health, Parkinson’s disease prostate cancer, and other causes.

Blue Awareness Ribbon


  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • ACLU
  • Alopecia
  • Anal Cancer
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Apraxia
  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Brachial Plexus Injuries
  • Children’s Healthy Weight
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Colitis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Crime Victims’ Rights
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Cru du Chat Syndrome
  • Drowning Awareness
  • Drunk Driving
  • Dysautonomia
  • Dystonia
  • Education
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Familial Polyposis
  • Foster Care Awareness
  • Free Speech
  • Guillain Barre Syndrome
  • Histiocytosis
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Hurricanes
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Ichthyosis
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Juvenile Arthritis
  • Juvenile Dermatomyositis
  • Krabbe Disease
  • Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
  • Leukodystrophies
  • Myositis
  • Oceans
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Pompe Disease
  • Prevent School Violence
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Save the Music
  • Say No To Female Genital Mutilation
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  • Teens Against Smoking
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Usher’s Syndrome
  • Victim’s Rights
  • Victims of Hurricane Katrina
  • Water Accidents
  • Water Quality
  • Water Safety
  • West Nile Virus

Light Blue

  • Addison’s Disease
  • DiGeorge Sequence
  • Chronic Illness
  • 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

Dark Blue

  • Arthritis
  • Child Abuse Prevention
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer

Navy Blue

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

Pale Blue

  • Achalasia Disease


  • Hereditary & Genetic Diseases
  • Jeans for Genes


  • 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

Robin’s Egg Blue

  • Pierre Robin Syndrome

Royal Blue

  • Child Abuse Awareness
  • Syringomyelia
  • Transverse Myelitis


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


  • Addiction Recovery
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Dysautonomia
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Native American
  • Native American Reparations
  • Renal Cell Carcinoma

Rainbow with Black, Brown, Pink, & Blue

  • LGBTQ+ Pride, Inclusive of Black and Brown Communities and the Trans Community

Rainbow with Black, Brown, Pink, Blue, and Yellow

  • LGBTQ+ Pride, Inclusive of Black and Brown Communities, the Trans Community, and the Intersex Community

Blue & Pink

  • Amniotic Fluid Embolism
  • Baby Safe Haven
  • Birth Defects
  • Hyperammonemia
  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum
  • Infant Loss
  • Infertility
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Pregnancy Loss
  • Premature Birth
  • Pre-Natal Death
  • Stillbirth
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Transgender Pride
  • Turner Syndrome
  • Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Blue & Red

  • Congenital Heart Defects and Disease
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Noonan’s Syndrome
  • Osler Weber Rendu Syndrome (HHT)
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Rare Lung Diseases
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome

Blue & Black

  • Loss of a Brother
  • Loss of a Male Child
  • Mourning a Brother
  • Mourning a Son
  • Parkinson’s

Blue & Green

  • A.K.A. Intracranial Hypertension
  • Anal Cancer
  • Earth Day
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri

Blue & Yellow

  • Designated Drivers
  • Down Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Ukraine

Blue & Purple

  • Pediatric Stroke
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

Blue & Silver

  • Corpus Callosum

Blue & Teal

  • Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Blue & Yellow

  • Down Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus

Ready to learn more about awareness ribbons and their meanings?

We’ve collected, curated, and organized hundreds of awareness ribbon colors and their meanings. You can dive into the meaning of every color under the rainbow (plus rainbow ribbons themselves) in our guide to awareness ribbon color meanings.

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