But what shade represents MS? I remember when I was first diagnosed, the ribbon was shimmering and multifaceted to represent the many ways MS can impact patients. But today, the color is a garish orange. There’s just one problem. That also happens to be the color for:
- Agent Orange
- Cultural Diversity
- Kidney Cancer
- Malnutrition Awareness
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome
- Self Injury AwarenessDay
- Sensory Process
The “shimmering and multifaceted” (prism) ribbon for MS awareness originated here in Oklahoma City by Linda Chance and her partner, my friend Jody Bukacek. Here’s a news link: http://newsok.com/article/2739520.
The National MS Society here in Oklahoma adopted these and used them for years. I received my first one sometime after my diagnosis in 2008. Somewhere after that the National MS Society seemed to dropped it.
While I know orange is part of the National MS society’s brand and is tied to marketing to bring in donations, I wish they would bring back the prism ribbon. The uniqueness of the prism ribbon definitely brought up conversation about multiple sclerosis. I hope others will join me in asking the National MS Society to bring back the prism ribbon.
The prism ribbon shows its many colors depending on the light; much like each person with MS has different issues.
Today my friend Jody Bukacek continues to be a leading MS Warrior, few in the entire state of Oklahoma have done so much for people with MS, from bringing awareness to fighting battles to protect those with the disease. I salute her and hope others will do the same.
Finally on this article one correction needs to be made it states World MS Day is March 31, 2017. The truth is World MS Day has always been the last Wednesday in May. This year May 31, is World MS Day and the theme is “Life With MS”.