While what’s wrong with Slade’s son was briefly mentioned in past seasons, this season is being obnoxiously vague about the whole thing…so here you go:
Born on May 16, 2000, Slade Smiley’s son is named Grayson Alexander Arroyo-Smiley…but he prefers to be called Gray :-).
Little Gray was diagnosed with Diffuse Fibrillary Astrocytoma in May of 2006. For those of us who aren’t neuro-oncologists, that’s a brain tumor…only normally these tumors are benign and can be removed with surgery.
Sadly, Grayson’s tumor is a super rare sub-type (Progressive Low Grade Astrocytoma/Disseminated Neuroglial Tumor), is malignant and can’t be removed with surgery.
Grayson’s mother, Michelle Arroyo, has set up a website with information, pictures and updates on little Gray’s progress as well as a foundation to accept donations towards medical costs, The Amazing Gray Fund.
I encourage you all to visit the website, which is also my source for all the information above: Click here to visit the Amazing Gray Fund
…however things might look on the show I don’t believe that anyone (myself included) wants anything but for this little boy to be well, grow up strong and live his dream of being a baker!!!