An Olympian Auctioned Off His Silver Medal to Pay For A Cancer-Stricken Child’s Surgery
Piotr Malachowski of Poland won the Silver medal in the Olympic Discus throw on Aug. 13. But it’s what he did after the competition that’s truly the stuff of champions.
Malachowski posted on Facebook that he received correspondence from the mother of a 3-year-old boy stricken with retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. The boy, Olek Szymanski, needed $84,000 for the treatment.
So Malachowski put his Silver medal up for auction to raise the money.
“In Rio, I fought for the gold,” Malachowski wrote. “Today I appeal to everyone – let’s fight together about something that is even more precious. The health of this fantastic boy.”
Now, ESPN is reporting that Malachowski has found two buyers who have committed to purchasing the medal for the full amount the discus thrower was seeking — which will allow little Olek to undergo the necessary surgery.
“We were able to show that together we can do wonders,” Malachowski wrote.
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