ASHLEY Cain has captured the heart of the nation with his daughter's tragic plight.
He is raising funds to get treatment for daughter Azaylia, who is suffering from a life-threatening leukaemia.
Who is Ashley Cain?
30-year-old Ashley is a former footballer turned reality star born on September 27, 1990.
He played for Championship side Coventry City and had loan spells at Luton, Oxford United and Mansfield Town.
The footie star became well known on TV during his stint on MTV's Ex On The Beach.
What is wrong with his daughter Azaylia?
In October 2020, Cain revealed that his daughter Azaylia had been diagnosed with leukaemia.
The family expected Azaylia to get the all-clear in February after gruelling chemotherapy treatment, but were instead told that the cancer had returned.
The family face a race against time to secure a spot in Singapore for year-long CAR-T therapy, plus a haplo transplant, which will give Azaylia the best chance at survival.
They need a £500,000 deposit just to be accepted into the hospital and onto the program, with Ashley desperate to raise a million as soon as possible to give Azaylia the best chance.
Cain wrote on his GoFundMe page: "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.
"Azaylia is such a strong little girl who has fought through every near impossible battle so far and she has done it all with love in her heart and a smile on her face! We pray that we can raise the funds to get her to Singapore so she can continue fighting for the life that she loves so much! ❤️"
How can I donate to their GoFundMe page?
You can donate to the family's GoFundMe page here.
106,200 people have so far donated to the cause.
One generous donor wrote: "Wishing Azaylia and you guys the luck in the world."
How much money has been raised so far?
On March 29, Cain had raised £1,459,750, surpassing his £1million target.
Just 16 hours after posting his plea, the GoFundMe page hit its £1million target after 73,000 people donated.
Cain said that he was "overwhelmed and lost for words"
Love Island stars Molly-Mae Hague and Maura Higgins generously donated £1,000 each.
Fashion brand Pretty Little Thing's founder Umar Kamani also showed staggering generosity by giving a huge £20,000.
Jacqueline Jossa handed over £500.
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