Pray for Jahvis
The plight of Jahvis Collins-Ansley has so deeply touched the hearts of Australians and New Zealanders that they are asking people around the world to include him in their prayers.
The five-year-old Perth boy with Hawera connections has recently been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes a large number of abnormal blood cells.
Jahvis is now undergoing chemotherapy.
His Hawera-raised stepfather, Mark Ansley, has had to leave his job to care for the family's three other children, which has put a strain on their financial situation.
Devout members of the Mormon church, family members from around the world including Taranaki, are praying for Jahvis to make a full recovery, says Nicolette Horvath, a family member, of Hawera.
She is hoping to see a worldwide prayer circle bolstering the family's hope.
"They have a four month-old baby and two other children.
"They've had to give up their home and everything. And, it looks like Jahvis is going to be in hospital for between six and 12 months. It's something that's touched all of our hearts."
The family's plight has even touched the hearts of celebrities, with Australian Idol winner Stan Walker making a donation.