The use of colored ribbons is designed to draw awareness to health and other issues in the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and other parts of the world. The meaning behind the ribbon depends on its color and/or pattern. Many charitable and civic groups have adopted ribbons as symbols of support, and many causes share colors or display more than one. The meanings of the colored ribbons are to: show solidarity with other like-minded people, bring moral force to bear on behalf of a cause, stimulate donations and research, and engage people in “doing something” to bring about desired change. Every month, a group, town, parade, individual or event reminds us that others need our help.