BUTTE – In late November, MTN Sports shared the inspiring story of Butte High freshman MaxDemarais, who missed the Bulldogs’ 2018 football season while he battled optic nerve glioma.
On Tuesday, Demarais went back to the Huntsman Institute in Salt Lake City, and his family got the news for which it had waited three long months: His MRI found no new growths of tumors in the areas around his optic nerve.
The family was told back when Demarais first started treatment not to expect the tumor behind his eye to go away with radiation. The radiation treatments’ main objective was to stop potential tumors from spreading to Demarais’s other eye, which was a success. While the doctors aren’t sure if the initial tumor will ever go away, the family is keeping its hopes up. The family will go back every four months for MRIs and a vision test to monitor Demarais’s progress.
With the initial scan out of the way, though, Demarais can now focus on basketball, where he’s a center on the froshmore team for the Bulldogs.