A couple from St. Patrick Parish in Northwest Portland is asking for prayers of continued healing for their 5-year-old son, Theo Kurvers. Theo, son of Anna and Steven Kurvers, was diagnosed with B cell lymphoblastic leukemia in early June. After eight days of treatment at Randall Children’s Hospital in North Portland, Theo’s blood had no cancer cells.

“Great news today! Answered prayer!” Anna wrote in a June 17 entry on a Caring Bridge web page set up for Theo. “That’s a huge indicator that the treatment is working thus far and that he’s heading towards remission.”

Anna said Theo will move to a less intense treatment category. “Our prayers are now focused on finding no cancer cells in his bone marrow after this initial phase of treatment,” she wrote. “Theo is still managing his new diagnosis with cheer and a maturity beyond his years.”

Anna thanked friends and family. “We are indebted to you all for the outpouring of prayers and support,” she wrote. “Each of you has lifted us up in this time and made us feel surrounded by love and prayer. We are being tested greatly in every way possible by this and are so encouraged and held up by your prayers.”

Anna calls her son a “talkative, imaginative, warrior man.”

Other family say Theo brightens a room with energy and charisma.

Theo is losing his hair because of treatment, so members of the St. Patrick Parish men’s group plan to shave their heads in solidarity.

To learn more about Theo and his status, go to go.sentinel.org/39GmhRs.