November is here, and with it comes a bevy of good causes (and awareness wristbands!). Watch for fundraising and awareness events for these good causes. Here’s a breakdown of who is building what awareness this month:
26 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and another 79 million have pre-diabetes. The ribbon or awareness wristband color is gray and blue with a blood drop. For more information on Diabetes Awareness Month activities and events, see diabetes.org.
The Alzheimer’s Association is honoring caregivers this month as part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The awareness color for Alzheimer’s disease is purple.For an example of how Reminderband awareness wristbands helped dispel myths about Alzheimer’s disease, click here.
The Epilepsy Foundation and Epilepsy Therapy Project have thirty ways for the thirty days of November to promote epilepsy awareness. The epilepsy ribbon and awareness wristband color is lavender.
Lung Cancer Awareness Month began as an awareness day in 1995, and has since grown to fill the whole of November. The Lung Cancer Alliance has a list of recommended events and activities here to raise awareness for the disease.
The struggle with lung cancer is commemorated by a clear, pearl or white ribbon or awareness wristband or cancer bracelet. To read about how lung cancer can afflict non-smokers and hear the story of how one family was affected, click here.
November is National Adoption Month in the U.S. AdoptUSKids reports that there are 104,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. Child Welfare has more information on how to spread awareness about adoption and the need for permanency.
While there is not an official ribbon or awareness wristband color to raise awareness about adoption, one family used wristbands to support their adoptive son’s medical treatment.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. The official ribbon or awareness wristband or cancer bracelet color for pancreatic cancer is purple. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is working to build awareness so more people will be screened and provide more information to those affected.
November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month,and the National Child Trauma Support Network has resources for building awareness and helping homeless youth in the community. There is not an official ribbon or awareness wristband color for homeless youth.
Here is an example of how wristband fundraising helped local homeless in Flint, Michigan.
Prematurity is the leading cause of death for newborns and in the U.S., one in nine babies are born prematurely. The March of Dimes is working to increase awareness of this issue and has launched a November prematurity campaign to do so. There is not an official ribbon or awareness wristband color for premature birth.
To view awareness months for all of the months, click here.