‘Working for Azaylia saved my life

Ashley Cain revealed that preserving his late daughter’s inheritance helped him survive after her death.

In an exclusive interview, the former reality TV star said he will continue to raise funds to help other families whose children have cancer.


Ashley Kane says continuing his late daughter Azaylia’s legacy gives him a purpose to liveCredit: miss_safiyya_ / Instagram

Ashley and his partner Safia Voraji lost their young daughter Azaylia last April when she was just eight months old.

When she was eight weeks old, she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

While her life was brutally cut short, the baby’s diagnosis and subsequent fundraising attracted worldwide attention, and in just a few days a staggering £ 1.6 million was raised in her name.

And Ashley says that keeping it going now is his life’s goal, and his next challenge is a huge charity bike ride in June that he and Safia hope to raise thousands for the Azaylia Foundation.

Ashley said, “Exercise and cycling are what kept me here.

“I struggled a lot and I struggled to find a target after Azaylia.

“Fundraising and solving these problems gave me a goal again. I feel like I’m doing something.

“It’s a way to make endorphins so I can just get through each day.”

Safiyya added: “You don’t see how many people are suffering.

“Walking out and smiling when you feel overwhelmed is really difficult. We have a goal, we want to change something.

“We do so much in both private and public life. We communicate with many families behind closed doors and try to support them every day. “

Sadly, Ashley, 31, and Safia, 34, have been victims of sick trolls in recent months.

However, the couple admitted that they refuse to let anyone get in their way.

Ashley said, “It doesn’t bother me, and the reason it doesn’t bother me is because I’m not doing it for public confirmation.

He and Azaylia's mother Safiya Voraji founded the Azaylia Foundation to help others.


He and Azaylia’s mother Safiya Voraji founded the Azaylia Foundation to help others.Credit: David Cummings.

“I do this because I am passionate about it. I do this because it means everything to me. I am doing this because I want to help.

“This way people can say whatever they want to say or try to put any blockade they want in my way, because I will push through them all every time.

“Our goal and our ambition is to help struggling children, help their parents and make a difference to childhood cancer.

“Ignorance and people’s opinions do not affect me. They may have their own opinion, but it will not stop me from achieving my goal and will not stop me, because it means more to me than the air in my lungs.

“If you don’t have a gun and you don’t put a bullet in my head, this is the only way to stop me.”

In addition to giving out lump sums of money to help in individual cases and to participate in various tasks aimed at helping children, Safiyya said the money raised also helped buy rescue equipment.

She explained: “The Azaila Foundation has purchased equipment that helps to examine blood and can handle ten children per hour.

Azaila passed away last April at the age of eight months.


Azaila passed away last April at the age of eight months.Credit: Instagram

Previously, only two children a day could study in the laboratory. The community has done it. “They are already helping so much, it’s phenomenal.

“Azaylia is such an inspiration and such a moving feeling, knowing how much she helps people.”

The couple now want the community to come back together for a huge cycling event in Cambridgeshire on June 4th and 5th.

With the help of Tour of Cambridgeshire, Ashley and Safiyya have organized a fundraiser that anyone can participate in.

Ashley added, “This is an opportunity for us to bring our community together so we can thank them too.

“They can participate in this with us. We are so happy about that.

“Children’s cancer is not uncommon. And it’s time for all of us to get up, get together and fight alongside these children. It is a great honor to have the opportunity. “

To participate in the Cycle for Azaylia event, visit the event. www.cycleforazaylia.com

More than £ 1.6 million has been raised in the name of Azailia.


More than £ 1.6 million has been raised in the name of Azailia.Credit: instagram

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