Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Awareness Jewelry & Colors

Brightly colored, rubbery wrist bands are an affordable fashion jewelry trend. The hope is that people will be reminded of those issues when they see the bracelets worn. This "raised awareness" of issues can lead to increased research into cures for disease and better funding of programs designed to help those in need.

Charitable causes can also benefit directly from sales of some awareness bracelets. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of certain bracelets goes directly to the corresponding charitable organizations.

Awareness Bracelet History
The first awareness wristband was created by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which was founded in 1997 by world-renowned cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong. The purpose of the Foundation is to assist cancer survivors with life after a cancer diagnosis. The yellow silicone Livestrong® bracelet (named after the Foundation's education program and colored to match Lance Armstrong's cycling jersey) is sold by the Foundation to raise funds for its educational program, and to promote awareness of its causes generally.

The bracelet became especially popular after it was featured on an episode of Oprah in February 2005. According to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, 32 million people were wearing the yellow Livestrong® wrist band in February 2005.

Awareness Colors and Messages
The popularity of the Livestrong® bracelet led to creation of many similar bracelets promoting awareness of other societal issues. Bracelets are now available in most every color, promoting awareness of everything from adoption to worker safety.

You can even have your very own custom beaded awareness wristband manufactured here at the Isis Collections, in the color of your choice and you can even add your own Sterling Silver message.

Cancer Awareness
Black - Melanoma
Blue - Prostate Cancer
Burgundy - Multiple Myeloma
Clear - Lung Cancer
Dark Blue - Colon Cancer
Gold - Childhood Cancers
Grey - Brain Cancer
Kelly Green - Kidney cancer
Lavender - General Cancer Awareness
Lime Green - Lymphoma
Orange - Leukemia
Peach - Uterine Cancer
Pink - Breast Cancer
Purple - Pancreatic Cancer
Teal - Ovarian Cancer
Teal and White - Cervical Cancer

Other Diseases
Blue - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Arthritis, Distonia, Interstitial Cystisis, Reye's Syndrome
Gray - Aphasia, Allergies, Asthma, Brain Tumor, Diabetes, Mental Illness, Multiple Sclerosis, Emphysema, Parkinson's Disease, Lung Disease
Green - Childhood Depression, Kidney Transplant, Depression, Lyme Disease
Light Blue - Scleroderma, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Graves Disease
Light Blue or Purple - Irritable Bowel
Orange - Leukemia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Pink - Hodgkin's Disease
Purple - Alzheimers, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Fibromyalgia, Macular Degeneration, Pulmonary Hypertension, Lupus, Rhett Syndrome, Sarcoidosis
Red - Aids, HIV, Heart Disease
White - Retinoblastoma
Yellow - Liver Disease, Endometriosis, Spinal Bifida

Other Conditions
Burgundy - Cesarean Section, Headache
Gray - Disabled Children
Orange - Self-Injury

Other Issues
Black - Gang Prevention, Mourning
Black and White - Remembering the Dead
Blue - Education, Victims Rights, Water Quality
Burgundy - Hospice Care
Green - Environment, Genocide in Darfur, Mental Retardation, Organ Donation, Tissue Donation, Worker Safety
Light Blue - Eating Disorders, Legality of Abortion, Tsunami Tragedy
Light Blue or Teal - Sexual Assault, Substance Abuse
Orange - Cultural Diversity, Hunger
Olive Green - Support for U.S. Troops
Purple - Domestic Violence, Foster Care
Red - D.U.I., Military Families
White - Child Exploitation, Peace, Anti-Abortion Legality
Yellow - Missing Children, Suicide

Gray - YOPA (Young Onset Parkinson's Association)
Red - D.A.R.E

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