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.
Click on 'Read More' below for more information about Zaida and how to DONATE TO ZAIDA directly through Zac's Legacy where the money will go towards her medical care.
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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.
If you prefer to donate with a credit card, a page has been set up here: http://www.gofundme.com/zaida
Nichol has also started a home-based business to help with medical costs. Please visit www.facebook.com/HandmadeByNicholMattson and consider purchasing some handmade soap or hand-crocheted scarves. They make wonderful gifts!