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Polish Olympian Sells His Silver Medal to Help a 3-Year-Old Boy Battle Cancer


Poland's Piotr Malachowski is one of the greatest discus throwers in the world. This year he made his country proud and won another silver medal—narrowly coming in second place behind a German competitor. Regardless, his success warranted hundreds of letters from fans congratulating him for his success.

One letter was from a mother, whose 3-year-old son Olek is suffering from retinoblastoma—a cancer of the eye. The disease is not life-threatening, but the treatment is extremely expensive and Olek's family couldn't afford it on their own. When Piotr heard this story, he felt the timing was "fate" and that he needed to do something to help.

He decided to create a Facebook post where he announced he was putting his silver medal up for auction in hopes to cover some cost of Olek's treatment.

ESPN reported that the top bid for Piotr's medal was about $19,000 before the final offer came in. The exact amount wasn't shared, but we do know it was enough to cover the rest of the sick boy's treatment. A fundraiser had already been set in place, with a goal to raise $126,000 to help Olek get the best kind of treatment in New York.

"Thank you everyone who took part in the auction," Piotr wrote in another Facebook post. "We were able to show that together can make miracles. My silver medal is worth much more than it was a week ago."

Though Olek can now get the treatment he deserves, he still has a long way to go before he fully recovers. We wish him and his family the best of luck!


Faith Brar

Faith is an Associate Digital Editor at Meredith Corporation in Boston. Her work has appeared in Fitness, Shape, Better Homes & Gardens, More and others.  More →

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