Cain had launched an appeal on Instagram saying that his daughter's cancer had relapsed and they needed help to cover the costs
Former Footballer and Ex On The Beach Star Ashley Cain and his partner Safiyya Vorajee were devastated when their daughter Azaylia Diamond was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia at eight weeks old. Cain launched an appeal on Instagram over the weekend saying despite a successful bone marrow transplant, her cancer quickly multiplied and she had gone into relapse. He then explained that they needed £1M to cover the cost of the treatment and added that doctors said it was the only option they had left to save their daughter, reported Sky News.
"After long discussions and a global outreach for treatment, our consultants along with consultants from around the world have come to the conclusion that the ONLY option to save Azaylia's life is to fly to Singapore for CAR-T therapy plus a haplo transplant, for a minimum period of 1 year. Because of the aggressiveness of Azaylia's disease, we don't have time on our side and we may have to fly out within a matter of weeks. This treatment and associated expenses will be in excess of 1 million pounds with an initial deposit of £500,000 just to be accepted into the hospital and onto the program," he wrote on the GoFundMe page he made for his daughter. By Sunday afternoon, less than 24 hours after he had launched his fundraiser, it had hit the target and by Monday it reached 1.4 million.
Cain thanked the public for their "love and support" and said that they have "really touched our hearts", adding, "I can... not thank everyone enough," reported Sky News.
Among those who had donated to Cain's fund were Love Island stars Molly-Mae Hague and Maura Higgins, as well as footballers Robert Snodgrass, Barry Bannan, and Harrison Reed.
Cain gave an update on Instagram saying, "with all of your help, we can now begin the process, starting with another bone marrow test on Wednesday. Along with a lumbar puncture, for samples of cerebrospinal fluid and blood to be sent to Singapore, via a special 48-hour delivery process, to preserve cells for them to begin tests and create a CAR treatment for Azaylia’s disease. Meanwhile here in the UK, consultants are working hard to control Azaylia’s disease with further chemotherapy to get her into remission and ready for us to embark on our greatest journey yet!"
Cain also added that he, his dad, and his brother will be conducting a charity bike ride to raise funds for other children suffering like his daughter. He wrote, "It’s important to us to give back to everyone who supports us as well as honour the battle Azaylia, and all childhood cancer patients are going through. Therefore, I’m pleased to announce the charity bike ride we’ve been organising this past week. Myself, my dad and my brother will be cycling a 150 mile ride from Birmingham Children’s hospital to London. The ride will be gruelling both mentally & physically, but nothing compared to the challenges Azaylia and other Likkle Lions face on a daily basis. Together, we have built a community who can change the world for the better. Primarily for Azaylia to continue treatment and go on to live a life that she deserves and secondly to help others battling this terrible disease. No parent or child should have to go through this experience and we, know first hand, how difficult this process is. So our aim for this ride is not only to help my daughter get the treatment she needs, but have enough money to support the families that will be following us which may not have the network of support that we have. I will post more information this week but for now, from Azaylia, Safiyya, myself and all my family.. Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our HEARTS."