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Zaida’s Story

Zaida (ZAY-da) turned 3 in September 2007. We learned she had cancer a month later on October 31st. After eight very difficult and scary days in the hospital, we learned it was peritoneal carcinomatosis, resembling ovarian cancer and mesothelioma (neither of which should happen to a 3-year-old). She is now 11 and still an energetic and bright girl, even after all she has been through.

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Zaida has been a cancer patient for over 8 years!  She had 3 years of various chemos and significant surgeries. After this, we had 22 months of remission, treatment-free! Zaida relapsed in April 2012, and had surgery and radiation (first time for radiation) over the summer. Then, she had 2 years of post-radiation chemo, and again went off-treatment in October 2014.

In December 2014, we learned that Zaida was having another relapse, and we must fight cancer again. Zaida had another lengthy surgery and hospital stay in April 2015 at MD Anderson.  We've also learned that the cancer has spread to her chest. She had chest radiation in October 2015, and continues with chemotherapy. We are exploring more options and hoping to find a more promising treatment than what she is now getting.

Zaida has a sister Runa (age 13) who is wonderful and supportive! They both love Minecraft, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda, Harry Potter, fairies, magic, and animals.

Please help support us in creating history - by helping us beat this unique illness. We welcome your love and support. Please sign our guestbook and read our journal. 

There is a fund set up for Zaida's medical care.

Donations can be sent to:

Zac's Legacy Foundation, Inc.

2990 W. 29th Street, Suite 1

Greeley, CO 80631

Please write 'Zaida Mattson' in the memo portion of your check.

Visit 100% of all donations marked for Zaida will go directly back to the family. Also, visit for information on a tax deductable receipt.

If you prefer to donate with a credit card, a page has been set up here:

Nichol has also started a home-based business to help with medical costs.  Please visit and consider purchasing some handmade soap or hand-crocheted scarves.  They make wonderful gifts!

Thank you!

Latest Journal Update

A Favor for Zaida!

I do not know what Zaida's CA-125 of 67 (!) from January 11th really means. It appears to be out of the ordinary, because on January 19th was 148, which (when you compare it to the levels from the past 2 months) is kind of stable, I guess... Zaida had a chest CT on Thursday that showed all her tumor spots just the same. Nothing new, no growth, just the same. Dr. Clark was very pleased with the scan, and said it was very good. Zaida and I will be in the hospital today, overnight until tomorrow night, for her 5th round of pemetrexed/carboplatin chemo.

I need to ask everyone a favor! It would mean the world to Zaida to get some more subscribers to her YouTube channel. You might start with this video:

You can see her play Minecraft, hear her cute voice, experience her personality, and give her some support. This really is her world. Here is her channel:

Thank you all, so much.

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dawn starkey
By Dawn Starkey
I would love to subscribe. Glad to hear things are stable.
alex hughes
By Cuzzin Alex in TX
becky andrys
By Becky Andrys
So glad to hear I most definitely will subscribe and share my beautiful little courageous cousin love you