Olympian : Polish Olympian has auctioned his silver medal from Rio 2016 to help fund treatment for a three-year-old boy struck with cancer.
Kind-hearted discus thrower Piotr Malachowski decided to sell the medal to the highest bidder after receiving a letter from the boy, Olek’s, mother.
The 33-year-old world champion wrote: “My silver medal is worth much more than a week ago. It is worth the health of little Olek.
Help boy battling cancer
“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.”
The boy has been battling eye cancer for two years and treatment in New York is his only hope, the athlete added.
After the bidding, a pleased Malachowski posted [translated]: “My darlings. We made it.
“Thank you everyone who took part in the auction on eBay and everyone who in any way joined [in].
“We were able to show that together we can make miracles. This is our joint success.”
After missing out on gold to Germany’s Christoph Harting, he said: “Winning an Olympic medal is one of an athlete’s life dreams. Of course, the most precious is gold.
“I did everything in my power to get it. Unfortunately this time I did not succeed.”
Source: The Telegraph