'Let's go champ!' - celebrities including 'The Rock' show support for former Mansfield Town footballer Ashley Cain's daughter
Former Mansfield Town footballer and reality TV star Ashley Cain says he is ‘humbled’ to have received messages of support from around the world after revealing the heart-breaking news that his baby daughter is suffering from an un-treatable illness.
Ashley and girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee’s daughter Azaylia was diagnosed with an aggressive rare form of leukaemia when she was just two months old.
And since the 30-year-old, who made 20 appearances for the Stags during the 2010-11 campaign, took to Instagram last week to share the devastating news with his 1.2 million followers that her condition was no longer treatable, he has been inundated with messages of support.
A GoFundMe campaign raised more than £1m in just 24 hours in the hope of funding treatment in Singapore before it emerged new tumours had been discovered and that treatment was no longer a viable option.
In a video Ashley shared on Instagram, he said: “Azaylia is one in a trillion – she is so special, but unfortunately so is her disease, so they can’t create the CAR-T therapy she needs.
"That means that we’re going back home and we’re going to make our baby as comfortable as we can and have as much fun with her as possible.”
After a post referring to Azaylia which replaced Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as his hero, Ashley says he was ‘so humbled’ to receive a personal video from the Hollywood actor – who said he was ‘so sorry’ to hear about his daughter’s condition and hailed her strength and ‘incredible impact’ on the world.
The video has amassed 2.3 million views in 24 hours.