Ashley Cain explained why he hasn’t cut or shaved since his daughter Azaylia’s death.
Former soccer star, 31 years old and his partner Safiyya Vorajee, 34 years old, tragic loss of their beloved daughter to leukemia in April of this year.
The girl is just eight months old.
Ashley has now explained that the reason he grows his beard is because Azaylia likes to play with it and doesn’t cut it, the hair on his face is something she’s still a part of.
The devastated dad took to Instagram to share a stunning video of him and Azaylia in a ward, where, no matter how ill she was, Azaylia smiled and laughed as she took his beard in her hands. .
Accompanying the video, Ashley wrote: ‘A lot of people have asked why I don’t shave? – If you watch this video you will see how much my daughter loves playing with her and I haven’t touched or trimmed her since she died.
‘It means so much to me because I still have the facial hair she used to love to keep and struggle with so much.
‘It’s something she holds, it’s something I hold dear, it’s a lion’s mane and like Samson, it’s what gives me strength.’
He said he was ‘very happy’ to have ‘this beautiful memories of Azaylia to look back on even though they hurt me and bring me to tears all the time’.
‘They make me grateful that I’ve been privileged enough to love her, to be loved by her, and to spend every day of my life with her.’
He completed the heartbreaking post sent directly to his daughter, writing: ‘I LOVE YOU.’
Since the death of Azaylia, Ashley and Safiyya established a charity in her name This raises money for other families going through the same thing: they recently donate £20,000 in Azaylia’s name to the hospital that treated her.
The couple also recorded heartbreaking first milestones without Azaylia, from Father’s Day to What will her first birthday be like?.
Ashley and Safiyya recently decorate Azaylia’s grave for Christmas, covering it with beautiful lights and decorations, including a ‘Santa Claus please stop here’ sign.
The grave is decorated with multicolored fairy lights, while lit snowmen run along the sides and a small Christmas tree full of lights and trinkets sits at the base.
Ashley recently paid tribute to her daughter, writing: ‘Nothing can, do and forever replace the void left in my life and mend the hole left in my heart. I. This has been the last few weeks is unbearable.
‘I will still never be able to understand why you took away my baby. I see nothing but emptiness, I see nothing but numbness and pain today is no less than the day I lost you.
‘You fought every day for your life and I will fight every day to keep my life. You made my life easy when it was difficult, bright when it was dark, and filled with happiness when through all the pain.
‘You are such a special little girl and I will never forget you. What you gave me in those 8 months will stay and keep my broken heart pumping forever. I love you champion! ‘
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