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PHOTOS: Fair Lawn Soccer Team Honors Breast Cancer Fighters, Survivors

Fair Lawn soccer players wipe tears from their eyes as they walk survivor Bearn Vargas across the field at the ceremony Thursday.
Fair Lawn soccer players wipe tears from their eyes as they walk survivor Bearn Vargas across the field at the ceremony Thursday. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Athletes prepare to honor loved ones.
Athletes prepare to honor loved ones. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Coach John VanSoest made pink corner flags for the Breast Cancer Awareness game.
Coach John VanSoest made pink corner flags for the Breast Cancer Awareness game. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Athletes pose before the ceremony.
Athletes pose before the ceremony. Photo Credit: Donna Taylor
The VanSoests take the field.
The VanSoests take the field. Photo Credit: Donna Taylor
Coach John VanSoest accompanies his mom, Nancy, and aunt, Joan, down the field with his two sons.
Coach John VanSoest accompanies his mom, Nancy, and aunt, Joan, down the field with his two sons. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
The athletes formed a ribbon on the field before...
The athletes formed a ribbon on the field before... Photo Credit: Donna Taylor
Letting go.
Letting go. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Joan and the coach embrace following the ceremony.
Joan and the coach embrace following the ceremony. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
VanSoest and his mother.
VanSoest and his mother. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

FAIR LAWN, N.J. — Athletes holding pink balloons wiped tears from their eyes as breast cancer fighters and survivors in the community walked across the Fair Lawn High School soccer field.

Last to walk at the inaugural Thursday ceremony launched by coach John VanSoest were his mother, Nancy VanSoest of Totowa, and aunt, Joan VanSoest of Parsippany, alongside him and his two sons.

"They’re fighters," the coach said of all of the survivors who walked the field, including Fair Lawn mom Bearn Vargas , this year's Santa Boone recipient.

"They deserve to be recognized."

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