This Discus Thrower Just Auctioned His Rio 2016 Silver Medal To Save A 3-Year-Old Battling Cancer

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Piotr Malachowski is a good samaritan. How? He just auctioned off something really precious to him for a far greater cause. Malachowski, otherwise is a discuss thrower from Poland, and really good at that. He won the silver medal at the Rio Olympics and now he has auctioned it off, just to raise funds to treat a 3-year-old boy who is battling cancer.

The world champion athlete, 33, wrote on his Facebook page that he was moved to auction his prize after receiving a letter from the mother of a boy called Olek who said he had been battling eye cancer for two years and that treatment in New York was his only hope.

“I fought for gold in Rio. Today I’m calling on everyone to fight for something even more precious,” Malachowski wrote to announce the auction. “If you help me, my silver medal may turn out to be more precious than gold for Olek. There is no chance of saving Olek’s eyes in Poland. The only chance is therapy in New York,” he said, adding that he would use the entire sum raised to pay for treatment.

A Polish foundation called Siepomaga has already gathered about a third of the roughly 480,000 zlotys ($126,000 or Rs 84 lakh) it said was needed to finance the boy’s treatment at ophthalmic oncologist David Abramson’s clinic in New York.

The highest bid in the auction for Malachowski’s silver medal on Poland’s Allegro website had reached about $6,000 (Rs 4 lakh) at one time.

“Success,” he later wrote, saying the medal had found takers.

Story Source: India Times

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