Ashley Cain and his partner Safiyya have explained they want to spend the rest of their lives raising awareness of leukemia and making a difference to children with the disease following the death of their daughter Azaylia.
The couple shared their daughter’s journey online, after she was diagnosed with a rare form of the cancer.
Azaylia died at the age of eight months. However, Ashley and Safiyya have pledged to do all they can to make life better for children in the same situation through their new foundation.
‘I really want to bring so much education to Azaylia’s Foundation,’ Safiyya said. ‘I feel like parents and guardians really need to be aware of the signs and the symptoms and I really want to bring such beautiful, magical moments to children that are in such dark places.
‘I want to spread so much beautiful, magical light, bring smiles to their faces, the same as we did with Azaylia every single day.’
Ashley added: ‘We want to use the rest of our lives to make a difference in this world to help these children so that we can ease the burden a little bit of parents that might have to go through this as well.’
She added that the pair will spend the rest of their lives dedicated to the cause, adding: ‘Because we have that chance we want to use that for the right reasons.’
Ashley and Safiyya told Christine Lampard on Lorraine that there were initially no tell-tale signs to show that Azaylia had leukemia.
Ashley and Safiyya lost their baby daughter Azaylia after she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia (Picture: @mrashleycain/Instagram)
‘There was nothing at that point to highlight the severity of what it was,’ Ashley recalled.
He added: ‘Azaylia is the strongest person I know. She overcame every obstacle and hurdle.’
The couple recently unveiled their new foundation, with Safiyya saying: ‘Within the next few days we will be launching @theazayliafoundation. This is what my family, a team and I have been working so hard towards.
‘In my beautiful, inspiring daughters name, we will be fighting fearlessly as she did towards childhood cancer.
‘This foundation is tireless months in the making and I am proud to say will become my lifetime achievement.
‘Azaylia I promise we will make you proud. We will spread your name. Your strength. Your message. Your purpose.
‘I am forever grateful to my baby girl for showing me the true meaning of grit and fight and with her watching over us, we will fulfil your legacy.’
Before Azaylia died, Ashley and Safiyya raised more than £1.6million in a bid to get their daughter to Singapore for a rare form of treatment before her death.
She was unfortunately unable to make the journey and the couple promised to use the money for people going through similar situations.Credit: Original article published here.