Nugget of Knowledge: Cause ribbon colors

Colored ribbons started with the yellow ribbon for soldiers at war

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – In 1991, a New York group of artists and AIDS activist started using a red ribbon as a symbol for AIDS. They chose the color red for its connection to blood.

Today, the red ribbon is an internationally-recognized symbol of AIDS. It led the way for many other color ribbons and awareness projects.

Girls traditionally like pink, so pink became the color for breast cancer (hot pink represents inflammatory breast cancer).

There is no organization or standard that says your group gets this color. As different groups began to use awareness ribbons, each board of directors picked the color it wanted to represent it.

Today, dozens of colors and combinations of colors represent many diseases, ailments and causes.

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