The medal was auctioned to raise funds for a 3-year-old boy’s cancer treatment
Piotr Malachowski, a Polish discus thrower who won a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, has donated his medal (pictured) in order to pay for a 3-year-old boy’s cancer treatment
“If you help me, my silver medal may turn out to be more precious than gold,” wrote the athlete on his Facebook page, according to a translation from Rare Disease Report. He was hoping to raise $126,000 needed to help the boy, who is suffering from retinoblastoma, get eye surgery in New York.
An online auction of the medal had reached $19,000 when a pair of Polish billionaire siblings, Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk, purchased the piece. Malachowski posted that the pair “declared their willingness to buy my silver medal for an amount which enables us to meet the goal set.”
(Photo courtesy of @piotrmalachowskipl)