Real Housewives of Orange County beau Slade Smiley is definitely in our thoughts today as his son Grayson, who has long suffered with the neurological disorder diffuse fibrillary astrocytoma, underwent a difficult surgical procedure this morning.

His long-time live-in girlfriend Gretchen Rossi announced on Twitter that 12-year-old Grayson reported to surgery at 6:30 a.m. EST for a five- to six-hour tumor debulking procedure.

According to the National Cancer Institute, this operation will aim to remove as much of the brain tumor has possible in order to increase the effectiveness of radiation or chemotherapy treatment on a patient.

Per his mother’s Facebook page for Grayson, Amazing Gray, the little guy was very brave about facing the tough procedure.

Stay strong, kiddo! Cheers to a speedy recovery.

Source: Twitter, Twitter, National Cancer Institute, Facebook