Epic 500-mile trek from Portsmouth to help cancer-stricken toddler

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A COURAGEOUS toddler fighting cancer has inspired one man’s epic 500-mile trek across the country for charity.

Kevin Perisi, 50, launched his adventure from a windswept The Hard, in Portsmouth on Saturday morning.

The singer-songwriter was inspired to tackle the challenge after hearing the heartbreaking tale of two-year-old Kai Laidlow.

‘I’ve never met the boy but I was just touched by his story,’ said Kevin.

‘He has just been amazing and is such a little fighter. He’s an inspiration.‘

Kai was diagnosed with infant acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when he was just eight months old.

DEDICATED Kevin Perisi as he set out on his trek in aid of Kai Laidlow       Picture: Allan Hutchings (151736-042)

DEDICATED Kevin Perisi as he set out on his trek in aid of Kai Laidlow Picture: Allan Hutchings (151736-042)

After ongoing treatments for the rare, deadly cancer of the blood, he relapsed in March.

Doctors said without a bone marrow transplant the youngster, of Leith, near Edinburgh, would only have months to live.

This struck a chord with Kevin, who composed a song paying tribute to the cancer-stricken tot’s bravery.

The tune, entitled Beautiful Boy, has already topped the iTunes’ easy listening chart.

He has just been amazing and is such a little fighter

Kevin Perisi, fundraiser

Kevin hopes to make it a Christmas number one, with all proceeds being donated to support a range of children’s cancer charities.

On top of this he aims to finish the walk by Christmas Eve.

‘I’m not a fit guy, I’m 16 stone and I’ve had about four or five days of training, but the thought of children with cancer will get me through it, 100 per cent,’ added Kevin.

Friend Danny O’Reilly, 33, of Copnor, was one of those supporting Kevin’s efforts.

He said: ‘I think he is mad. But I’ve been inspired by what he is doing.’

Kevin’s song will be re-released on December 18.