Zaida (ZAY-da) turned 3 in September 2007. We learned she has cancer on October 31st. After eight very emotional 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 9 and still an energetic and bright girl, even after all she has been through.
Click on 'Read My Story' below for more information about Zaida and how to DONATE TO ZAIDAdirectly through Zac's Legacy where the money will go towards her medical care.
Zaida has been a cancer patient for 6 years! She had 3 years of various chemos and significant surgeries. After this, we had 22 months of remission! Treatment-free! Zaida replapsed in April 2012, and had surgery and radiation (first time for radiation) over the summer.
She is currently finishing up a year of post-radiation chemo, and her doctors are re-evaluating her to determine what's next.
She has a wonderful sister Runa (age 11) and they love to play together (and fight together). Please help support us in creating history - by helping us beat this unique illness. We welcome all the love and support we can get. 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.
After the first month volunteering at school, I was not with Zaida very much (mostly just lunch time and a few “check-ins” during the day). She got better and better, and by the end of month 2, I didn’t see her at all except for lunch (but I was still in the building). Then, at the start of December, I got one of the worst colds I’ve had in many years. My throat, head, chest, nose…all suffering. The coughing was the worst. Blessing in disguise! Zaida knew I needed to rest at home. I started going home during the morning, coming to school for lunch, and then going back home until pick-up time. After a few days, I didn’t even go to lunch. That was it! She was going to school on her own! No lies or trickery; I was always open about where I was. Who knew I just had to fall so terribly ill! If I had known that, I would have tried to get sick sooner!
P.S. Check out 3 pictures of Eric, Runa, and Zaida going ice skating last month!