Ashley Cain surpassed his £ 1million goal after taking a GoFundMe to pay for life-saving treatment for his daughter Azaylia in the midst of her battle with leukemia.
And a number of kind-hearted celebrities, including Molly-Mae Hague and Maura Higgins, have donated thousands to charity.
Love Island stars Molly-Mae, 21, and Maura, 30, have both donated £ 1,000 to the fundraiser to help Ashley’s seven-month-old little girl on Sunday.
Friendly: Molly-Mae Hague (left) and Maura Higgins both donated £ 1,000 to help Ashley Cain reach his £ 1 million GoFundMe goal to pay for life-saving treatment for his daughter
Many other stars dug deep too, with the founder of fashion brand Pretty Little Thing, Umar Kamani, 33, currently the top donor, bringing in a whopping £ 20,000.
Former Ex On The Beach star Ashley, 30, took to social media to ask fans for help donating, explaining what treatment his daughter needs in Singapore.
Ashley described the treatment, CAR-T therapy, as “ the only option to save Azaylia’s life, ” and said he and his partner Safiyya Vorajee should fledge in a few weeks, adding that it will take at least a year.
Loving: Former Ex On The Beach star Ashley, 30, took to social media to ask fans for help donating, explaining what treatment his daughter needs in Singapore
Help: Donated a number of kind-hearted celebrities, including Ms. Hinch, Pretty Little Thing founder Umar Kamani, and InTheStyle founder Adam Frisby
The GoFundMe page reported The sun, with a total of more than 86,000 people donating.
Fellow Ex On The Beach star Jemma Lucy gave £ 1,000, as did Chet Johnson who donated £ 10,000 through his clothing company Faded.
Other household names included Mrs Hinch, who donated £ 3,000, and Marvin Humes, who donated £ 500.
In The Style founder Adam Frisby donated £ 10,000, while footballer Andre Gray, who is engaged to Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock, donated £ 1,000, as did footballer Robert Snodgrass.
Success: The GoFundMe page raised more than £ 1.2 million in just 16 hours, with Umar Kamani remaining the top donor (pictured in 2019)
There for you: Queen of the Interior, Ms. Hinch, Sophie Hinchcliffe, donated £ 3000
Ashley wrote a detailed account of Azaylia’s health struggles on his GoFundMe page, saying that any additional funds the couple will receive will be donated to other families in a similar situation to her.
He wrote: ‘This is our first and only child and we spent the first 7 months of parenthood in the hospital under COVID restrictions fighting a battle no parent should ever face.
Please give us a chance to keep fighting so that this trip was not in vain and our daughter can have the chance at life she fought so hard for!
‘We will donate all the extra money to other children and their families in the same situation as we do – we have made a commitment to give back to this community from the moment we were pushed in and that is something we will always honor.
Important: Ashley has surpassed his £ 1 million target after setting up a GoFundMe to pay for life-saving treatment for his daughter Azaylia in the midst of her battle with leukemia.
Heartbreaking: Ashley described the treatment, CAR-T therapy, as “ the only option to save Azaylia’s life, ” saying he and his partner Safiyya Vorajee must leave in a few weeks.
What is a haplo-identical (haplo) transplant?
A haplo-identical transplant is a type of allogeneic transplant.
It uses healthy, blood-forming cells from a semi-matched donor to replace the unhealthy ones. The donor is usually a family member.
In allogeneic transplants, your doctor tests your blood to find out your human leukocyte antigen (HLA) type. HLA is a protein – or marker – found on most cells in your body.
Doctors look for a donor or cord blood that closely matches your HLA. But sometimes they can’t find a good HLA match. Then a haplo-identical transplant may be an option.
This is a type of allogeneic transplant where the donor matches exactly half of your HLA. A haplo-identical or semi-matched donor is usually your mother, your father, or your child.
Parents are always half a match for their children. Siblings have a 50% chance of being half a match for each other. It’s very unlikely that other family members (such as cousins, aunts, or uncles) would be half a match.
“Thank you all for your energy, love, support and prayers – it lifts us up and takes us through this terrifying journey.”
CAR-T, chimeric antigen receptor T cell, involved reprogramming the patient’s own immune system cells which are then used to fight the cancer.
According to the NHS, it is a “very complex and potentially risky treatment,” but studies have shown that it can cure some patients when other treatments have failed.
Azaylia was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia when she was just two months old.
Ashley said he spent the first seven months of fatherhood in the hospital under the restrictions of Covid-19 while his daughter battled cancer.
Ashley wrote: ‘We will possibly donate extra money to other children and their families in the same situation as us’
Baby girl: Azaylia was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia when she was only two months old and doctors said chemotherapy wouldn’t be enough to cure her
Doctors told the reality star and his partner Safiyya that chemotherapy wouldn’t be enough to cure Azaylia.
It comes after Ashley revealed the heartbreaking news that Azaylia has relapsed amid her battle with leukemia.
He released an update on his daughter on Thursday evening, after she had a bone marrow exam on Tuesday to see if she was leukemia-free.
Ashley revealed the news that Azaylia had relapsed and that he and Safiyya were ‘devastated’ because they had ‘very few options’ and the family was immediately hospitalized again.
The reality star added that they currently only have one possible solution to ‘save Azaylia’s life’ and that the trio will be leaving the country in a few days to embark on a ‘year-long journey’ to help his ‘pretty little girl’ .
Emotional: Ashley was left in tears last month as he marked the moment his daughter Azaylia left the hospital to go home for the first time in five months (above with Azaylia’s mother Safiyya)
What Are the Symptoms of Leukemia in Children?
Fatigue and pale skin – This is because leukemia can cause anemia which makes a child feel weak, tired and light-headed.
Infections and fever children with leukemia do not have normal white blood cells that would normally help fight infections.
Rash – children may have small dark spots that look like a normal rash when the leukemia cells spread to the skin
Bruising or bleeding easily – this includes frequent nosebleeds, bleeding gums and a lot of blood loss from minor cuts.
Bone or joint pain – this is caused by a build-up of leukemia cells near the surface of the bone or in the joint.
Swelling of the abdomen Leukemia cells can collect in the liver and spleen, causing them to enlarge.
Loss of appetite and weight loss – if the spleen and liver swell, they can press against the stomach and cause loss of appetite.
Swollen lymph nodes – some leukaemias spread to the lymph nodes, causing them to swell.
Source: American Cancer Society