The color purple has all the fierce energy of red offset by the calm stability of blue. A shade that has long been associated with royalty, power, luxury and nobility, purple can also display devotion, peace, mystery, creativity and wisdom. The color rarely occurs in nature and is often seen to have a sacred meaning, with purple flowers being seen as delicate and precious. Purple is known to have a calming effect upon the body and nerves, creating feelings of spirituality, nurturing sensitivity and encouraging imagination. Purple awareness ribbons represent Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy as well as being a way for cancer survivors to celebrate.
The National Alzheimer’s Association uses purple awareness ribbons to encourage people to “Go Purple for a Purpose”, to support the nearly 5.4 million Americans who suffer from this debilitating disease. Hundreds of walks are held around the country every year to raise funds to search for a cure as 47 million people worldwide are currently living with dementia costing hundreds of billions of dollars each year in healthcare. While it’s the sixth leading cause of death in the US, it is the only cause of death in the top 10 that cannot be cured, slowed or prevented at this time.
Epileptic seizures can be incredibly scary, both for the individual having the seizure as well as for anyone who witnesses an attack. Raising awareness of this disease helps the community to support someone who is suffering, and help give them the appropriate assistance that they need in the throes of a seizure.
Purple ribbons are used to raise awareness of the following:
Help open the lines of communication and support individuals suffering from these diseases when you wear or share purple awareness jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces or key chains – and engrave a personal message on the back of the dangle.