05/31/2013 12:47 pm ET

Michigan High School Senior With Brain Cancer Turns Graduation Party Into Fundraiser

Courtesy of Plymouth-Canton Patch

Max Merget is no stranger to beating the odds -- the 18-year-old Salem High School senior has battled brain cancer four times in his young life.

Max was diagnosed with anaplastic ependymoma -- a large malignant tumor in the dominant, left side of brain at 3 years old. He underwent surgery and treatment at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor. The tumor came back a year later when he was 4-years-old and again at age 7. Then, after 10 years of being cancer free, doctors found a small pea-size tumor in Max's brain this past January.