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Color run to benefit motorcycle wreck victim

By Bianca Montes
Aug. 2, 2013 at 3:02 a.m.
Updated Aug. 3, 2013 at 3:03 a.m.

Nicholas Ramirez, 21, of Victoria, drags himself through the mud during a 2013 Tough Mudder. Ramirez participated in the obstacle course a few months before his motorcycle accident in May.

Frank Salazar has wanted to bring a color run to Victoria for a long time. After his friend Niko Ramirez suffered head trauma in a wreck, he knew it was time to organize one.

Nicholas "Niko" Ramirez, 21, of Victoria, was hospitalized in May at San Antonio Military Medical Center after crashing his motorcycle.

His motorcycle struck the right wheel of a 2008 Suzuki all-terrain vehicle, causing him to flip over several times before landing headfirst in a ditch, said Victoria Department of Public Safety Trooper Gerald Bryant. He wasn't wearing a helmet.

"I was deeply, deeply sad," Salazar said about when he learned of the accident. "It hurt me immensely because Niko had been a strong friend in my life. He always watched my back."

Salazar hopes to raise $1,000 at the color run to help with medical expenses for Ramirez.

"The color run is more fun and laid back than a typical 5K," Salazar said. "People don't really do it for competition. They do it for fun."

During the run, volunteers will line up along the course and strike runners with vibrant colored powders.

A disc jockey will play music.

Michael Ramirez, Niko's brother, said he cannot put an actual dollar amount on the medical expenses accrued during his brother's recovery but is beyond thankful for the support of the community.

Ramirez was moved July 8 to TIRR Memorial Hermann rehabilitation center in Houston and is working with speech and mobility therapists.

Ramirez has shown improvement in communication and cognitive thinking through physical, occupational, speech and music therapy, his brother said.

"He's been making leaps and bounds in recovery," his brother said. "Frank being able to put the color run on for Niko is really cool."



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