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Feb 11, 2013 6:11 PM by Josh Breslow

Family Remembers 5-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Killed In Weekend Tragedy

A southeastern Kentucky boy who won his battle against cancer has died after a tragic weekend accident.

Investigators said 5-year-old Logan Howard was at a birthday party in the Blackey community of Letcher County on Saturday afternoon when he crashed his battery-powered truck into a trampoline. Family members attempted CPR but Logan died on his way to the hospital.

In 2011, Jaimie Sparks learned that her then three-year-old son, Logan had beaten cancer and she felt he was somewhat invincible.

"It's not always that somebody survives and he appreciated everything," Sparks told LEX 18. "He was my everything."

Sparks never could have imagined that just two years later, she would be forced to plan Logan's funeral.

"If he met you, you were automatically touched. He just had this smile, and his personality," Sparks said.

"He hit it with his forehead and it broke his neck," said Diana Combs, whose house the party was thrown out. "Right before it happened, I said 'hi buddy' and he said 'hi granny' and that's the last I got to say to him."

Combs said adults were all around, supervising the party, but the tragedy happened quickly.

Logan was a kindergarten student at Letcher Elementary. Grief counselors were at the school Monday to helped students to cope with the loss.

His family said he had a love for superheroes, but they said he was also a superhero, himself.

"He was always like 'mommy, we need to buy something for these kids so they can have something while they're doing their treatments'. That's just how he was," Sparks said.

Logan's family members said he lost an eye as a result of cancer. They say he might not have seen the trampoline, leading to the deadly crash.

Logan's visitation will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Jeremiah Missionary Baptist. The funeral will be Thursday at 1 p.m.


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