Sunday, October 24, 2004

Ribbons for a cause

Thank goodness, it isn't just me. Every time I see one of those ribbon thingies I have a pang of guilt because I don't know what it means. (Like when someone says something about sports that even children apparently understand and I don't know what they are talking about.) Jeff Jarvis came across this comprehensive list:

Black: Anti-gang, Melanoma, Mourning, In Memoriam
Brown: Colorectal Cancer
Burgundy: Hospice Care, Multiple Myeloma
Dark Blue: Child Abuse, Water Quality, Crime Victim Rights, Arthritis
Gold: Childhood Cancer
Gray / Grey: Urban Violence, Brachial Plexus, Brain Cancer, Diabetes Awareness
Green: Ecology,Environment, Organ Donor, Ovarian Cancer, Missing Children, Leukemia, Childhood Depression, Bone Marrow Donation, Lyme's Disease, Tissue Donation, Worker Safety, Lymphoma, Glaucoma, Light Blue: Prostate Cancer, Scleroderma, Trisomy 18
Light Violet/Lavender: Hodgkin's Disease, General Cancers, Epilepsy, Rett Syndrome, Gynecological Cancer
Off Pink: Bone Osteoporosis
Orange: Racial Tolerance, Cultural Diversity, Feed the Nation, Highway Safety, Hunger, Leukemia, Lupus
Orchid: Testicular Cancer
Pearl: Lung Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis
Periwinkle Blue: Eating Disorders, Pulmonary Hypertension
Pink: Cancer, Breast Cancer, Birth Parents
Purple: Violence, Children with Disabilities, Domestic Violence, Pancreatic Cancer, Alzheimer's, Crohn's & Colitis, Cystic Fibrosis, Fibromyalgia, Leimyosarcoma, Lupus
Red: HIV/Aids, DUI Awareness, Substance Abuse, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Lymphoma
Teal: Ovarian Cancer, Substance Abuse
White: Right to Life, Alzheimer's, Adoptee, Diabetes, Student Sexual Assault Child Exploitation and Abuse, Retinal Blastoma
Yellow: Come Home, POW/MIA, Support, Equality, Endometriosis, Adoptive Parent, Suicide, Spina Bifada, Missing Children, Troop Support

Imagine a wearable grid, something like military bigshots wear over their hearts on dress uniforms, horizontal ribbons organized on a board. Can you see it? It could become a fashion statement.

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