Make Sure Zaida Is Not Alone This Holiday Season

Your contributions to Zaida's journal this year made sure that they never felt alone. Your tax-deductible donation in Zaida's honor will make sure that Caringbridge continues to bring hope and healing to those who need it most.

Donate Now

Zaida’s Story

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 10 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.

Zaida has been a cancer patient for almost 7 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.

She has just finished up 2 years of post-radiation chemo, and her doctors agree that she should go off-treatment.  She'll get blood work and scans regularly, but for now - NO CHEMO!

Zaida has a wonderful sister Runa (age 12) and they love to play (and fight) together.  Runa is such a wonderful and supportive sister!  

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.

Visit www.zacslegacyfoundation.org. All donations marked for Zaida will go directly back to the family. Also, visit www.zacslegacyfoundation.org for information on a tax deductable receipt.

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!

Latest Journal Update


Zaida and I met with her oncologist this month as usual.  Her CBCs continue to be fine and she is otherwise healthy.  We've also confirmed that Zaida will be off-treatment. Her doctor was able to track down her old MD Anderson doctor (who moved to a new job out of Texas), who agreed this is a good plan; he also said that he has "a good feeling" about Zaida and doesn't think the cancer will return.  As great and encouraging as it is to hear this, both the Denver doc and I are still nervous and will be watching Zaida closely for relapse.  The MD Anderson doctor was awesome and always optimistic; now he is recommending blood tests every 2 months.  We're actually going to test every month!  Some of you may remember that the radiation Zaida had 2 years ago was supposed to be an "insurance policy" against the cancer that was removed with surgery after she relapsed in 2012.  Now, with 2 years of chemo after that radiation, the thought is that we are done.  There is always the threat of relapse, but we are hoping for health and growth for Zaida. Her body is currently adjusting to being off of chemo and we hope she will have more energy for growing.  Her body is 1-2 years behind in growth and there is time to catch up, so this would be the time!

I'm having a lot of fun starting my home-based business to help with Zaida's medical bills!  If you haven't yet learned about it, visit www.facebook.com/handmadebynicholmattson.  Click on the "About" button for lots of information on ordering or coming in to see all my handmade soaps and scarves!  If you do not have a facebook account, you can still see all my products and information about ordering.  Email me at handmadebynichol@outlook.com to arrange an order or make an appointment to visit my store in person!  Thank you to everyone for buying from me and thank you to everyone following our story!

6 people hearted this



Marie Hennecart
By Marie Hennecart
This is wonderful news!
Michelle Booth
By Michelle Booth, MD
So incredibly happy to hear this! I think of Zaida and your family often. I will continue to keep her in my prayers as she goes off treatment. Even though I have moved back to Texas, Zaida will always be one of my favorite patients.
Su Wesely
By Su
Laura Mattson
By Grandma Laura Mattson
Grandma is so happy. She is in tears. I love you