Dwayne Johnson threw his support behind Ashley Cain’s ‘lioness’ daughter Azaylia in a special video shared to Instagram on Sunday.
The Rock, 48, admitted his ‘heart breaks’ for the TV personality, 30, after a friend of the doting father reached out to the Hollywood star via DMs about his eight-month-old’s leukaemia battle.
On Friday, Ashley and his girlfriend Safiyya Voraje, 34, took their baby girl home after doctors revealed there was no further treatment available and she may only have days to live following the discovery of multiple tumours in her body.
‘My heart breaks for you’: Dwayne Johnson threw his support behind Ashley Cain’s ‘lioness’ daughter Azaylia in a special video shared to Instagram on Sunday
Former WWE star Dwayne was overwhelmed with emotion as he praised the former footballer and his family in the clip, sharing: ‘Hey brother, Ashley, DJ here. First of all, the universe and God works in beautiful, powerful and mysterious ways.
‘I rarely check my DMs and a friend of yours DMed me and I happened to pick up on her message and she sent me to your page.
‘I want to tell you I’m so sorry about your beautiful daughter Azaylia. You tell that little lion that I said, ”let’s go champ and to stay strong”.
‘And brother I’m so sorry to hear this news but I don’t have to tell you that your daughter’s strength is what strengthens you. She’s already had this incredible impact on the world already, stay strong brother, my heart breaks for you.’
Heartfelt: A friend of the doting father, 30, reached out to The Rock, 48, via DMs about his eight-month-old’s leukaemia battle (pictured together with his partner Safiyya Voraje)
‘God works in beautiful, powerful and mysterious ways’: Former WWE star Dwayne was overwhelmed with emotion as he praised the former footballer and his family in the clip
A proud Ashley uploaded the video to his account with an accompanying caption, which read: ‘Let’s Go Champ ✊❤️ @therock.
‘I’m so proud of my little girl and so humbled by the impact she’s had on so many people around the world. From one of my hero’s to another… Let’s Go Champ! ✊��❤️ #AzayliaDiamondCain.’ (sic)
Earlier in the weekend, the former Coventry City winger said Azaylia has ‘taught him how to be strong’ and given him ‘the best 8 months of his life’ in a sweet post.
The Ex On The Beach star shared a series of images showing his ‘fearless little lion’ wrapped in a pink blanket while travelling in an ambulance.
‘I’m so proud of my little girl’: A proud Ashley uploaded the video to his account with an accompanying caption
Ashley wrote: ‘Yesterday Azaylia returned home from hospital like the fearless little lioness that she is.
‘Today is her 8th month birthday! Happy 8 months baby! I honestly thought @therock was my hero until I spent the last 8 months with you.
‘You taught me how to be strong when I needed strength, you taught me how to smile when I am feeling sad, you taught me how to cherish every single moment – as these moments are all we have.
‘You’ve been tenacious, fearless, courageous, positive, happy and loving through times which I thought would make it impossible!
Heartbreaking: On Friday, the TV star and his girlfriend, 34, took their baby girl home after doctors revealed there was no further treatment available and she may only have days to live
Adorable: Earlier in the weekend, the former Coventry City winger said Azaylia has ‘taught him how to be strong’ and given him ‘the best 8 months of his life’ in a sweet post
‘You’ve given me the best 8 months of my life through the toughest of times. MY HERO. I LOVE YOU.’ (sic)
The Nuneaton native marked his bundle of joy turning eight-months-old by having moulds made of her feet.
Ashley took to social media a few days earlier where he shared a tragic update, revealing to fans that they’re making her as comfortable as possible by going home.
Speaking outside of the hospital, the TV star told his followers: ‘Where do I start? Where do I start? A lot has happened. A whole lot. Too much to write in a caption, too much to explain in a picture, so I thought I’d do a video.
‘So last week we had the bone marrow test and the lumber puncture and bloods taken to send to Singapore in the hope that they could create a CAR T therapy to save Azaylia’s life.
‘Then we had to have a CT scan on her head and the results came back the next day, saying that Azaylia’s got two very big tumours on her brain.
‘They also said that the intrathecal treatment that is usually given to treat leukemia in the spine or the brain will not be available, because she has too much pressure with these tumours.
‘And if they tried to even go through the spinal tap it would kill her. At that point, obviously, our world came down.
Moving: The Nuneaton native marked his bundle of joy turning eight-months-old by having moulds made of her feet
‘A lot has happened’: Ashley took to social media a few days earlier where he shared a tragic update
‘Because obviously, the current chemotherapy that we were doing was for her blood, not the tumours in her brain.
‘Consultants said that they think she’s only got one, two days to live, and it could even be that night. So, we took Azaylia home with the palliative care team and stuff.
‘It was scary. You walk into your little daughter’s room and there’s big oxygen tanks and stuff like that and it was horrible.
‘We took her home. She was on high levels of pain relief and we tried to enjoy every little bit we could, but it was tough. We got through the first night, we got through the second night, but we noticed that Azaylia wasn’t really here properly.
‘As a parental instinct, I told my girlfriend, I said: ‘Let’s take her off her pain relief’. So we took her off the pain relief and the next morning she was as bright as a button, she had her sharpness back, she was responding to everything.
‘And we sat there, and we thought: ”This disease is not killing our daughter. We need to do everything that we can do to save this girl’s life.”
What are the symptoms of leukaemia in children?
Fatigue and pale skin – this is because leukaemia can cause anaemia which makes a child feel weak, tired and light-headed.
Infections and fever – children with leukaemia lack normal white blood cells which would normally help fight infection.
Rash – children may have small, dark spots that look like common rashes if the leukemia cells spread to the skin
Easy bruising or bleeding – this includes frequent nosebleeds, bleeding gums and bleeding a lot from small cuts.
Bone or joint pain – this is caused by a build up of leukaemia cells near the surface of the bone or inside the joint.
Swelling of the abdomen – leukaemia cells may 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 causing loss of appetite.
Swollen lymph nodes – some leukaemias spread to the lymph nodes causing them to swell.
Source: American Cancer Society
‘And so I rang up the consultant at hospital and said: ”We’re coming back in, we’re carrying on with treatment and we’re getting her to Singapore.”’
Ashley said he told consultants in hospital that he has always been a fighter and always will be, adding: ‘My daughter is a product of me: through nature, via nurture. That means she’ll be a fighter too.’
The media personality touched on how some parents might be more comfortable at home with their child, but explained that it would ‘break him’ to stay at home knowing his daughter is dying and he’s not doing anything about it.
The father-of-one continued relaying his conversation with medical professionals, explaining that he told them: ‘Azaylia had one in four hundred trillion chance of being Azaylia, and you only get one chance at life…
‘So we, I are gonna do everything we possibly can do preserve hers, ’cause when you’re gone, you’re gone… But it’s how you wanna be remembered when you’re gone.
‘She’s fought a hard tough fight the whole way through, so I wanna honour that and give her the best chance of survival.’
The hero then told his followers that they took Azaylia back into hospital and were exploring treatment options.
Ashley said: ‘We’ve been back in hospital the last three four days. We’ve been pushing, fighting for options and we made steps forwards.
‘She’s currently on the drug that we fought to get. We’re talking about potential options of radiotherapy to target the tumours in her head.
‘They don’t usually get radiotherapy to children under three but they were potentially willing to make an exception potentially, after talks.’
After taking a deep breath, the influencer explained they had an ultrasound scan yesterday and the results came back today revealing that they found tumours throughout her body.
Overwhelmed: His GoFundMe fundraiser for his little one’s treatment hit over £1.4million
Ashley Cain’s fundraiser for daughter Azaylia’s leukemia treatment – who has donated?
PrettyLittleThing founder Umar Kamani – £20,000
InTheStyle’s Adam Frisby – £10,000
Chet Johnson (Faded Clothing) – £10,000
Manchester United’s Luke Shaw – £5,000
Mrs Hinch – £3,000
Kate and Rio Ferdinand – £1,000
Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague – £1,000
Love Island star Maura Higgins –£1,000
Fulham midfielder Harrison Reed – £1,000
Watford forward Andre Gray – £1,000
Nottingham Forest defender Cyrus Christie – £1,000
West Bromwich Albion’s Robert Snodgrass – £1,000
Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden – £1,000
Ex On The Beach star Jemma Lucy – £1,000
JLS star Marvin Humes – £500
The couple recently raised money to fund a trip to Singapore for potentially life-saving transplant – which is no longer available – but she was being treated in the UK during the interim.
The total of his fundraiser for the treatment reached over £1.5million, following donations from the likes of Kate and Rio Ferdinand, Love Island’s Molly-Mae Hague and Maura Higgins, and Mrs Hinch.
Azaylia, who has undergone four rounds of chemotherapy, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia when she was just two months old.
Fight for her life: Azaylia, who has undergone four rounds of chemotherapy, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia when she was just two months old