Ex On The Beach's Ashley Cain Raises £1m On GoFundMe For Baby Daughter's Life-Saving Treatment
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Ex On The Beach star Ashley Cain has expressed his 'eternal gratitude' after reaching over £1m of donations in 24 hours for his daughter, Azaylia's cancer treatment fund.
The reality star and his girlfriend Safiyya pleaded with fans over the weekend as they explained that their baby only had one option left as she battled leukaemia, and that involved a treatment which costed over £1m, and involved flying to Singapore.
Famous faces including Kate and Rio Ferdinand, Molly-Mae Hague and Maura Higgins all forked out cash to help the little one, alongside Pretty Little Thing founder, Umar Kamani, who gave a whopping £20,000 to the cause.
Mrs Hinch also gave thousands of pounds to the cause, while In The Style's Adam Frisby pulled out the big bucks, too. Marvin Humes, Jem Lucy and Jacqueline Jossa were other celebs who donated generously.
It comes after Ashley told followers on social media that his daughter Azaylia's leukaemia had returned, meaning the only option he had was to fly her out to Singapore to undergo CAR-T therapy - a treatment which involves uprooting from the UK, as it takes a minimum of one year, and required a deposit of £500,000 before they could even begin.
Sharing a video on Instagram as the donations flew in (now sitting above the target, at £1,442,520 on the time of writing) Ashley said: "Honestly, the amount of kindness that you have shown...the amount that you don't even realise you have helped us is just incredible and me and my family are eternally grateful to you guys."
He continued: "I've had the busiest day, with consultants, doctors, nurses, on the phone to pharmaceutical companies, looking after Azaylia.
"I didn't even know 'til tonight. I must have gone on my phone and seen thousands of messages. I thought they were gonna be saying that we're close and the fact that we've hit it and we're way above is just incredible. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Ashley and Safiyya are now hoping to fly to Singapore in the coming weeks to attempt to save their daughter.
Poor Azalyia was just eight-weeks old when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) - an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
Since the diagnosis, Azalyia has been put into intensive care where she has had chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.
However, the baby still had traces of leukaemia despite the successful treatment, and the cancer has now multiplied triggering a full relapse, meaning there isn't anything else that can be done for her in the UK.
The Singapore treatment is Azalyia's last hope. As heartbreaking as this story is, it's so lovely to see everyone rallying around Ashley and his family.
You can donate to the little one here.