"You made me a better man:" Ashley Cain shares tribute to baby Azaylia
"You made me a better man."
Ashley Cain has shared a heartbreaking tribute to his daughter Azaylia, who passed away yesterday.
Eight month old Azaylia, who had been battling a rare form of cancer, died on Sunday. Dad Ashley confirmed the sad news yesterday, and has since shared a touching tribute to his baby girl.
"My heart is shattered," he wrote. "You gave my life purpose, my face a smile, filled my heart with love and my soul with pride.
"I can’t put into words my sadness and pain, there aren’t words to describe it. I love you with every ounce of my body and I miss you so much already.
"You made me a better man. You made me the person I’ve always wanted to be. You’ve taught me more in your 8 months than I’ve learned my whole life.
"I don’t know why you’ve been taken away from me and my heart aches in your absence."
Cain, who shared the news of his daughter's passing yesterday, added that he will ensure Azaylia's name "will live on."
He said: "I will carry your name across every ocean, along every road, to the top of every mountain and across the whole globe.
"Your name will live, your legacy will be remembered and I will seek peace in living as your vessel to continue inspiring, giving strength, spreading joy and saving lives in your name, with your spirit, as your father until we meet again.
"You saved my life, you really did. With my second chance, I make a promise to you that I will make yours live on in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers."
"I am blessed, I am honoured and I am privileged to be your father," he said. "I would go through all of the pain again and again. Because what you gave me in those 8 months will live with me for eternity."
He finished his post with the lyrics from the Jungle Book's 'I Wanna Be Like You.'
Reality TV star and footballer Ashley first shared the news of his daughter's leukaemia back in October, revealing she had a "rare and aggressive form of cancer."
The family had planned to move to Singapore for CAR T-cell therapy, which became no longer feasible given the discovery of their daughter's tumours.
They later returned home to the UK to make their daughter "as comfortable as possible."