- Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski won a silver medal at Rio 2016
- The athlete auctioned his medal to fund treatment for a three-year-old boy struck with cancer.
- He was moved after receiving a letter from the boy’s mother
Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski, silver medalist at Rio Olympics, auctioned his medal to fund the treatment for a three-year-old struck with cancer.
The 33-years-old athlete posted on his facebook page that he decided to auction his medal after he was moved when he received a letter from the mother of a boy called Olek Szymanski.
In the letter the mother explained that the boy had been battling eye cancer for two years and that treatment in New York was his only hope.
On his post on Facebook he wrote “I fought for gold in Rio. Today I’m calling on everyone to fight for something even more precious”
“If you help me, my silver medal may turn out to be more precious than gold for Olek,” he also added that he would use the entire sum raised to pay for treatment.
Malachowski was attempting to reach $84,000 for the $126,000 cost of surgery, but the auction only reached a price of $19.000 in the auction.
That was before receiving an offer from Polish billionaires Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk, agreeing to buy it for the remaining cost of the surgery.