He sadly lost his daughter on April 24, 2021, when she was just eight months old following a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukaemia. 

And Ashley Cain has revealed that his ‘pain is my power’ as she told how he connects the most to his daughter when he’s ‘hurting’, admitting he’s ‘cried everyday’ since her tragic death.

Speaking during an appearance on Wednesday’s Good Morning Britain, Ashely, 31, told how Azaylia’s death has spurred him on during his very gruelling fundraising challenges.

Strength: Ashley Cain has revealed that his ‘pain is my power’ as she told how he connects the most to his daughter when he’s ‘hurting’, admitting he’s ‘cried everyday’ since her tragic death

Ashley recently ran five marathons in five days to raise money for The Azaylia Foundation – which helps children with serious illnesses to access treatment not readily available on the NHS

And amid these challenges, Ashely opened up on finding his strength from the love of his daughter, whom he sweetly described as his ‘superpower’. 

He said to hosts Kate Garraway and Robert Rinder: ‘I feel pain every day, I cry every day, I grieve every day but when I’m crying, they are the most beautiful moments in my life because that is the only time I feel love in this world.

‘I run head on into my problems, I use pain as power.

Tragic: He sadly lost his daughter on April 24, 2021, when she was just eight months old following a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukaemia

Tragic: He sadly lost his daughter on April 24, 2021, when she was just eight months old following a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukaemia

‘When I do these challenges I do them on really tough, difficult occasions like Azaylia’s anniversary, like her birthday because when I’m hurting, that is the time I connect best with my daughter and the time I can push myself to higher and higher levels, and my daughter is my superpower. 

‘I refuse to let my daughter’s presence on this Earth and her passing be in vain, because she was absolutely incredible, and she showed me the meaning of strength and courage.’

As he continued to grieve her loss, Ashley went on to say of Azaylia: ‘I believe my daughter is watching down on me. I believe she’s got the best view of her daddy and now is my chance to take her around the world, with nothing but daddy power and that’s what I’ve been doing.’

Heartbreaking: Speaking during an appearance on Wednesday's Good Morning Britain, Ashely, 31, told how Azaylia's death has spurred him on during his very gruelling fundraising challenges

Heartbreaking: Speaking during an appearance on Wednesday’s Good Morning Britain, Ashely, 31, told how Azaylia’s death has spurred him on during his very gruelling fundraising challenges

Pain: 'I feel pain every day, I cry every day, I grieve every day but when I'm crying, they are the most beautiful moments in my life because that is the only time I feel love in this world'

Pain: ‘I feel pain every day, I cry every day, I grieve every day but when I’m crying, they are the most beautiful moments in my life because that is the only time I feel love in this world’

His girl: 'When I do these challenges I do them on really tough, difficult occasions like Azaylia's anniversary, like her birthday because when I'm hurting, that is the time I connect best with my daughter'

His girl: ‘When I do these challenges I do them on really tough, difficult occasions like Azaylia’s anniversary, like her birthday because when I’m hurting, that is the time I connect best with my daughter’

Ashley also spoke about the significance of his beard and shared the touching reason why he’s refused to shave it off. 

He explained: ‘Everyone asks me about the beard, it’s a common question. When we were in the hospital, we couldn’t go out so I couldn’t get a hair cut. I ended up growing this beard.

‘As my daughter got older she began to grab hold of it, she used to hold it and rub her feet through it.

Emotional: As he continued to grieve her loss, Ashley went on to say of Azaylia: 'I believe my daughter is watching down on me. I believe she's got the best view of her daddy and now is my chance to take her around the world'

Emotional: As he continued to grieve her loss, Ashley went on to say of Azaylia: ‘I believe my daughter is watching down on me. I believe she’s got the best view of her daddy and now is my chance to take her around the world’

Reason: Ashley also spoke about the significance of his beard and shared the touching reason why he's refused to shave it off

Reason: Ashley also spoke about the significance of his beard and shared the touching reason why he’s refused to shave it off

Still close: Though the former Ex On The Beach star is no longer with Azaylia's mother Safiyya Vorajee, 34, Asley revealed that they'd always be connected due to their daughter'

Still close: Though the former Ex On The Beach star is no longer with Azaylia’s mother Safiyya Vorajee, 34, Asley revealed that they’d always be connected due to their daughter’

‘Because I haven’t got her here with me anymore, I wanted to keep my beard cos she used to touch these very hairs on my face and I don’t trim it, I don’t shape it, I leave it.’

And though the former Ex On The Beach star is no longer with Azaylia’s mother Safiyya Vorajee, 34, Asley revealed that they’d always be connected due to their daughter.

The star said: ‘Me and Safiyya went through a battle together, a war, and that experience bought us closer. Safiyya gave me the greatest gift any father could hope, wish or dream for in Azaylia.

‘So we are gonna be connected for the rest of our lives. I will look after her and she will look after me and hopefully together we can look after Azaylia’s legacy.’

Heartbroken: Earlier this month, Ashley and Safiyya shared emotional tributes to their late daughter Azaylia on her second 'heavenly' birthday

Heartbroken: Earlier this month, Ashley and Safiyya shared emotional tributes to their late daughter Azaylia on her second ‘heavenly’ birthday

So sad: Grieving father Ashley Cain, 31, shared adorable snaps with his little girl and said 'I Love You ❤️ I Long For You' in a heartfelt post

So sad: Grieving father Ashley Cain, 31, shared adorable snaps with his little girl and said ‘I Love You ❤️ I Long For You’ in a heartfelt post

Strong: The heartbroken mum took to Instagram to share a sweet memory from her labour with Azaylia, who she called 'my daughter, my baby, my hero'

Strong: The heartbroken mum took to Instagram to share a sweet memory from her labour with Azaylia, who she called ‘my daughter, my baby, my hero’

Earlier this month, Ashley and Safiyya shared emotional tributes to their late daughter Azaylia on her second ‘heavenly’ birthday. 

The heartbroken mother took to Instagram to share a sweet memory from her labour with Azaylia, who she called ‘my daughter, my baby, my hero’.

While grieving father Ashley Cain shared adorable snaps with his little girl and said ‘I Love You ❤️ I Long For You’ in a heartfelt post. 

Back in April, Ashley and his family members completed a 100 mile charity run on behalf of the trust set up in Azaylia’s name on the first anniversary of her death.

He was greeted by hundreds of adoring fans and family members cheering ‘that’s our champ’ at Trafalgar Square in London after the 24 hour challenge. 

Ashley took on the mammoth task to raise money for the family’s charity, The Azaylia Foundation.

Inspiration: Back in April, Ashley and his family members completed a 100 mile charity run on behalf of the trust set up in Azaylia's name on the first anniversary of her death

Inspiration: Back in April, Ashley and his family members completed a 100 mile charity run on behalf of the trust set up in Azaylia’s name on the first anniversary of her death

Emotional: He was greeted by hundreds of adoring fans and family members cheering 'that's our champ' at Trafalgar Square in London after the 24 hour challenge

Emotional: He was greeted by hundreds of adoring fans and family members cheering ‘that’s our champ’ at Trafalgar Square in London after the 24 hour challenge

British adventurer Ant Middleton also turned up to support Ashley and his crew on the day. 

He described Ant’s presence as as a ‘major turning point’ for him during the gruelling run as his wise words gave him inspiration to get him through the final miles.

Ashley’s ex Safiyya also broke down in tears on the day as the heartbroken mum, 34, took to her social media to ask fans to pray for her and said the pain of being without her rips her ‘body and soul to pieces everyday’. 

A timeline of Azaylia’s six-month leukaemia battle

October 2020: Ashley emotionally revealed his daughter had been diagnosed with a ‘rare and aggressive’ form of leukaemia, which he described as an ‘uphill battle’. 

Heartbreaking: Ashley emotionally revealed his daughter had been diagnosed with a 'rare and aggressive' form of leukaemia in October

Heartbreaking: Ashley emotionally revealed his daughter had been diagnosed with a ‘rare and aggressive’ form of leukaemia in October

Azaylia was turned away by doctors three times and prescribed laxatives and a nasal spray when her breathing was impeded, shortly before her diagnosis.

By the end of the month, the brave child faced her second surgery and 16th chemotherapy-related treatment in less than two weeks.

November 2020: Azaylia’s hair started to fall out just weeks after she was diagnosed.

Doctors informed Ashley and his family that the tot needed a bone marrow transplant and blood donation.

Due to her Caribbean, Burmese, Indian and English background, the footballer said it was very difficult to find a match for a transplant. 

Azaylia was brought home for a few days before her second round of chemotherapy.

December 2020: 80,000 people became stem cell donors 48 hours after Ashley appealed for the public’s help.

So sad: Azaylia's hair started to fall out just weeks after she was diagnosed in November

So sad: Azaylia’s hair started to fall out just weeks after she was diagnosed in November

January 2021: The TV star confirmed a stem cell donor had been found for his baby daughter Azaylia. 

She received her stem cell transplant but her cancer sadly returned following a third round of chemotherapy. 

February 2021: Azaylia responded well to her stem cell treatment and doctors were impressed with ‘how strong she was’. 

She underwent further surgery to discover whether her leukaemia had gone. Later in the month, doctors revealed her cancer had returned. 

March 2021: They were told there were ‘very few options’ to help the baby’s condition before she had another bone marrow test. She relapsed by the end of the month and underwent her fourth round of chemotherapy.

Ashley surpassed his target goal of £1million after he set up a GoFundMe to pay for life-saving treatment for his daughter Azaylia.

Heartbreaking: Healthcare professionals revealed Azaylia only had a few days to live as they discovered tumours all over her body

Heartbreaking: Healthcare professionals revealed Azaylia only had a few days to live as they discovered tumours all over her body

The former Ex On The Beach star took to social media to ask fans for help in donating, explaining the treatment his daughter needed is available in Singapore.

Ashley described the treatment, CAR-T therapy, as ‘the only option to save Azaylia’s life’ and said he and partner Safiyya may have to fly out in a matter of weeks, adding it will take a minimum of one year.

Celebrities such as former TOWIE star Kate Ferdinand, Love Island’s Molly-Mae Hague and PrettyLittleThing founder Umar Kamani all donated.

Despite efforts from around the world, pharmaceutical companies could not release the life-saving drugs needed to beat his daughter Azaylia’s battle. 

April 2020: Healthcare professionals revealed Azaylia only had a few days to live as they discovered tumours in her stomach, her spleen, her liver and her kidneys, in addition to tumours in her brain.

Her parents bathed her in the hospital for a final time before they returned home.

They marked her turning eight months old by having moulds made of her feet, and Azaylia was met with support from the London Underground and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

She received life-prolonging transfusion after her condition caused profuse bleeding and public figures joined the nationwide clap held in her honour.

Azaylia was nominated for a Pride of Britain award and had a plane draw a heart in the sky for her.

The tot was put on oxygen to aid her sleep, and struggled to open her eyes due to swelling.

Scam artists set up fake Facebook pages in her name, with Ashley admitting: ‘We feel really sad it has come to this’.

Azaylia returned to hospital for another platelet transfusion a few days before she died.

The influencer’s ‘fragile’ daughter stopped breathing and suffered seizures before Ashley confirmed her death.

 

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