FREWSBURG - Logan Fuller was a typical 5-year-old boy when his life changed in an instant.
On May 24, during a Memorial Day picnic in Frewsburg, an accident left his upper body and face severely burned.
Logan, in fact, suffered second- and third-degree burns, and was transported via Starflight to the Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo. He was later flown to a burn center in Cincinnati, where he underwent surgery and received multiple skin grafts.
Amy Carmen, Logan's cousin, described how Logan will require additional treatment and follow-up visits to Ohio until he is 21 years old.
"As he grows, the skin that was grafted is not going to grow at the same rate," Carmen said. "Therefore, he will require more surgeries as he continues to grow. He'll have to wear a compression sleeve and vest over the sites that were grafted for several years."
Carmen said that Logan's father, a single dad, is struggling to keep up with bills and travel expenses, mostly because of the time lost from taking off work.
"He raises his two kids by himself," Carmen said. "He's been struggling because he's the full-time breadwinner."
Logan's father recently graduated from Jamestown Community College with honors and plans to continue his education in law.
To ease the immediate financial burden on Logan's family, Carmen is joining with the Frewsburg community in a benefit campaign aptly entitled "Fight the Flame."
On Sunday, a poker run and cornhole tournament will be held at the Frewsburg Town Park.
Registration for the poker run is from 10-11 a.m. and is $15 for drivers and $10 for riders. Kickstands are scheduled to go up at 11:15 a.m.
The cornhole tournament starts at noon and is $30 per team. To sign up, contact Carmen at 640-3314. The tournament is limited to the first 50 teams.
Attendees can enjoy chicken dinners, music and drawings at the events. To order a chicken dinner, contact Carmen at the aforementioned phone number or Connie Dove, Logan's aunt, at 450-0289. A limited supply of dinners will be available for those who do not place an order beforehand.
On July 19, a benefit will be held at the Carroll Rod & Gun from noon to 9 p.m. Highlights will include a chinese auction, a live auction that begins at 2:30 p.m., music, kids' activities and food.
The live auction will include multiple prizes including a 2014 hunting lease on 150 acres of prime hunting ground - woods, open fields and swamp along the Conewango Creek. The lease is for the Sept. 1 to Jan. 31, 2015 hunting season and is ideal for those who hunt turkey, deer and bear.
Other giveaway items include a hand-carved leather gun sling, a custom-made fishing rod, a cornhole board with custom cover, quilts, baked goods and baskets.
There will also be a separate drawing in which someone can win an autographed bike helmet from the Orange County Choppers. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at either the Sunday or July 19 events. The drawing will be held at the latter event.
An emotional Carmen said she was grateful to the Frewsburg community, particularly the area school kids, for pulling together, raising money and helping her family.
"Frewsburg is such a good community," she said. "This community doesn't have a lot of money, but they still help anybody in need. I really can't thank them enough. Everytime I hear what the (community is doing for us) ... I just want to cry because everybody is so caring and generous."
As for Logan, Carmen described him as a fighter.
"One of things that has kind of become our little slogan is 'sometimes you get burned when you try to fight a dragon,'" Carmen said. "You have to be brave and tough ... and that's (Logan)."