The orchid awareness ribbon color means support for testicular cancer. The word “orchid” is a derivative of “orchis”, the ancient Greek word for testicle and is why the color was selected for the cancer awareness.
An alternate (less frequently used) awareness ribbon color of royal blue is used for testicular cancer since it was considered to be more masculine than the soft purple or violet color of “orchid”.
With either color, the main purpose is for supporting testicular cancer awareness.
April is considered the awareness month for testicular cancer with an awareness week that starts on April 1st.
Polycystic (pronounced pah-lee-SIS-tik) ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a set of symptoms related to a hormonal imbalance that occurs in women and girls of reproductive age.
PCOS may cause menstrual cycle changes, skin changes such as increased facial and body hair and acne, cysts in the ovaries, and infertility. Often, women with PCOS have problems with their metabolism also.
NICHD scientists are currently investigating the causes of PCOS, possible treatments, and ways to manage this problem.
Childhood brain cancer combines the gold ribbon for pediatric cancer and the gray ribbon for brain cancer to show awareness for both of them in kids. The month of September is for childhood cancer awareness with the hashtag #GoGold.
The art features a painting of a painting of a guardian angel holding a gold and gray awareness ribbon. The art was created with watercolor pencil and gouache (opaque watercolor) paint on paper.
This art is available on a variety of cancer gifts that can be customized. Below are links for a few items.
The black awareness ribbon supports awareness for narcolepsy and other sleep disorders.
World Sleep Day is intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. It is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.
World Kidney Day is annually on March 10th! It is a world campaign to make people aware of the importance of their kidneys and treating them right. By creating awareness on this day, the goal is decrease the impact of kidney disease by letting people know about the signs of kidney disease and how to manage symptoms to live with kidney disease.
Diabetes and high blood pressure/ hypertension put people at risk for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). By increasing kidney disease screening, especially in these populations can find and treat patients earlier in their disease. Also for those patients who have experienced kidney failure then to advocate for kidney transplant.
International Women’s Day (IWD) occurs annually on March 8th.
IWD is used to celebrate the social, economic, and cultural achievements of women across the world. The 2016 IWD also had a theme of gender parity. The color purple is used to show awareness for this cause.
Rare disease uses a denim ribbon or zebra stripes ribbon for its cause awareness. The jean denim ribbon is a reference that rare disease is often in the “genes”. The zebra stripe is a reference to the medical expression, “when you hear hoof beats think horses not zebras” in looking for a common diagnosis versus the rare disease.
Rare Disease Day was established to raise awareness with the public about rare diseases, the challenges encountered by those affected, the importance of research to develop diagnostics and treatments, and the impact of these diseases on patients’ lives. The focus of Rare Disease Day 2010 was ‘Patients and Researchers, Partners for Life!’ and is aligned with ORDR’s philosophy that researchers need to work closely with patients and patient advocacy groups to maximize chances for success. This philosophy has been put into practice in our very successful Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network.
There are about 7000 rare diseases identified in the United States. About 80 percent of rare diseases are genetic in origin and it is estimated that about half of all rare diseases affect children. Rare diseases can be chronic, progressive, debilitating, disabling, severe and life-threatening. Information is often scarce and research is usually insufficient. People affected face challenges such as delays in obtaining a diagnosis, misdiagnosis, psychological burden and lack of support services for the patient and family. The goals remain for rare disease patients to obtain the highest attainable standard of health and to be provided the resources required to overcome common obstacles in their lives.
Rare Disease Day is celebrated around the world to raise awareness among decision-makers as well as the general public regarding rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. The NIH celebrates Rare Disease Day to:
Demonstrate and reiterate the NIH commitment to rare diseases research to help patients
Highlight rare diseases research, and the development of diagnostics and treatments, being funded and conducted across NIH
Initiate a mutually beneficial dialogue among public and private researchers, patients, patient advocates and policy makers
Exchange the latest rare diseases information with stakeholders to advance research and therapeutic efforts
Put a face on rare diseases by sharing stories of patients, their families and their communities
The first Rare Disease Day sponsored by EURORDIS was held in Europe on February 29, 2008. February 29th was chosen since it is a rare day and it is symbolic of rare diseases. 2009 was the first time that Rare Disease Day was observed in the U.S. In addition to 17 European countries participating in Rare Disease Day 2009, the United States was joined by Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, and Taiwan in celebrating the first global Rare Disease Day.
Zebra Stripes Awareness Ribbon Angel Art Painting for Rare DiseaseThe above information was from NIH Rare Diseases website. Learn more at http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/news-and-events/pages/28/rare-disease-day