Cancer Awareness Ribbons

As part of my own process in walking alongside my brother David in his battle against CML (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia), I wanted to make a "leukemia quilt" using the "cause ribbon" for this disease. I started researching, and found that many sites offer different information and that there doesn't seem to be a consensus regarding the color to represent the fight against leukemia and lymphoma. Online stores that offer cause pins and bracelets indicate the use of orange or green to represent these diseases, but I hadn't been able to find an "official" color. I finally found a response on one of the Leukemia BBS - Although the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society does not have an official ribbon (yet), the colors used for their campaigns are red and white (red for people living with these diseases; white for survivors). This makes sense to me, as both leukemia and lymphoma are blood related cancers, which is why I have used these colors in my designs.

Cancer affects all of us. If you have come into this page, it is probably because you, too, have been affected by cancer. Please feel free to use any or all of these patterns for your personal projects, adapting them to represent the particular cancer affecting your life.

There are 17 patterns altogether, most of them 6", but a few others in different sizes.

 Once again, you may use these patterns for any charitable cause, and there is no need to request any further permission for any personal or group purposes, as long as they are not used for any commercial benefit.

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You can help, too!

As quilters/fiber artists we can do our little bit, too. Please consider supporting the following causes:


The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society