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Purple Awareness Ribbon: Meaning and Importance

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Samyak Lalit | July 24, 2018 (Last update: February 18, 2022)

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Awareness ribbons are the symbols for showing support or raise consciousness for a cause. Ribbons of different colors and patterns are used for different causes. Solid purple color ribbon is one of the most widely used awareness ribbon. It stands for a lot of things including Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Pancreatic Cancer, Lupus awareness and Epilepsy awareness. Today we are going to discuss all the causes that purple ribbon symbolizes.

Awareness ribbons are often made of cloth or paper and people wear them on their dress to show their support for a particular cause.

Meaning of Purple Ribbon

Diseases and Medical Conditions Symbolized by the Purple Ribbon

  1. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  2. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  3. Lupus Awareness Month (May every year)
  4. Pancreatitis
  5. Epilepsy
  6. Alzheimer’s Disease
  7. Cystic Fibrosis
  8. Sjorgren’s Syndrome
  9. Meningitis Survivors
  10. Thyroid Cancer
  11. Neuropathy Awareness
  12. Fibromyalgia awareness
  13. Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

purple awareness ribbon meaning importance

Other Causes Symbolized by the Purple Awareness Ribbon

  1. Domestic violence
  2. Opioid Crisis
  3. March of Dimes
  4. Spirit Day
  5. Month of the Military Child (April every year)
  6. Animal abuse
  7. Religious Tolerance
  8. Children with Disabilities

Ribbons of Colors Related with Purple

Causes Symbolized by the Lavender Awareness Ribbon

  1. Awareness about cancers of all types
  2. Epilepsy
  3. Rett syndrome
  4. Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis

Causes Symbolized by the Periwinkle Awareness Ribbon

  1. Acid Reflux (GERD)
  2. Eating disorders awareness
  3. Anorexia
  4. Eosinophilic Disorders
  5. Esophageal cancer
  6. Gastric Cancer
  7. Small Intestine Cancer
  8. Stomach Cancer

Causes Symbolized by the Violet Awareness Ribbon

  1. Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  2. Testicular cancer

How to Make Purple Awareness Ribbon in Computer

Unicode Consortium has assigned U+1F397 code for the reminder ribbon character. So, you can use this code to type an awareness ribbon in your web page, email or any other Unicode supporting application. the good thing is that no color has been assigned to this character. So, you can give it any color of your choice!

Please let us know if you are aware of any other cause with which the purple ribbon is associated. We will update the list in this article. Thank you for connecting with WeCapable!

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5 responses to “Purple Awareness Ribbon: Meaning and Importance”

  1. Avatar Melissa says:

    The purple ribbon is also for Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

  2. Avatar Karen L Hauff says:

    Sarcoidosis awareness

  3. Avatar Sheina sumpter says:

    From all the research I have done the purple ribbon also raises awareness for chiari malformation. My 3 year son has it. He had his first craniotomy/decompression surgery on March 29, 2022.

  4. Avatar Suzanne McGuire says:

    Purple also means Chiari Malformation awareness.

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