Olympian sells Rio 2016 medal to pay for three-year-old’s cancer treatment

A Polish discus thrower, Piotr Malachowski, 33 Olympian sells Rio 2016 medal to raise funds for a three-year-old boy with a rare form of cancer. He clinched silver in Rio with a throw of 67.55m.
Piotr Malachowski with medal
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Poland’s Piotr Malachowski had one of just 11 medals won by his nation’s athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Poland won 11 medals in the Rio Games, including two golds, three silvers and six bronzes.

Piotr Malachowski with silver medal
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Immediately after returning home, Malachowski volunteered to give up his medal in order to help a 3-year-old boy named Olek Szymanski, who needed to raise a total of $126,000 to receive treatment for retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer that is most common in children.

Olek Szymanski with retinoblastoma
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Malachowski said in his appeal on Facebook: “The child’s fate has given me the opportunity to “increase the value of my silver.” “In Rio. I fought for the gold. Today I appeal to everyone – let’s fight together about something that is even more precious. The Health of this fantastic boy.” “If you help me, my silver can be more precious than gold.”

Malachowski was looking for about $84,000 so that Olek could get surgery for his retinoblastoma in New York to try to save the child’s eyesight. The total cost of the surgery is $126,000, but one-third of it was already raised by the Polish foundation Siepomaga, According to ESPN.

Malachowski initially put the medal up for auction on Friday, 19th August.

Piotr Malachowski 's silver medal in hand
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He prematurely closed the auction on Tuesday, 23rd August. The auction for the medal was at roughly $19,000 when it was pulled down.

He later updated on Facebook on Tuesday, 23rd August that Polish billionaires Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk (richest couple in Poland) have stepped forward to buy the medal for a price that will fully fund Olek’s treatment.

Malachowski updated: “We made it. The medal goes to the Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk. My Silver Medal today is worth much more than a week ago. Life is worth little Olek’s and his health. This is our big joint success.”

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