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Community rallies behind injured Twin-Cities soccer coach

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MCLEAN COUNTY (WEEK) - Friends of a popular Twin-Cities soccer coach are coming to his aid after he was seriously hurt this week in a collision between the bicycle he was riding and a car.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Norman Ramos, 26, who is the assistant men's and women's soccer coach at Heartland Community College. Heartland Head Coach Jovany Macias said Ramos suffered multiple injuries and remains in the intensive care unit of Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.

"Please keep Norman and his loved ones in your thoughts, as he sustained several serious injuries from the accident and begins working toward recovery," Heartland College said in a Facebook post.

The crash happened Wednesday about 8 p.m. near the intersection of Bunn Street and Croxton Avenue in Bloomington. Macias said Ramos had been riding on the Constitution Trail, but was riding on the roadway connecting two sections of the trails.

Details about what happened were not available from Bloomington Police.

Macias said Ramos' mother flew in from El Paso, Texas to be with her son.

According to the GoFundMe page, Ramos does not have health insurance.

"Norm will have a long but successful road to recovery and anything you can do to take the financial burden away from him and his family is much appreciated," the GoFundMe page said.

He also works at The Athlete Factory, where co-workers said Ramos "was put on earth to spread humor, positivity, and good times to all he interacts with."

As of Friday night, the GoFundMe page raised $9,115 from 175 donors.

Howard Packowitz

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