This Polish Olympic winner sold his silver medal for a 3-year-old cancer patientThink Change India
Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski, who won an Olympic silver medal in Rio, has auctioned his medal to raise funds for the treatment of Olek Szymanski, a three-year-old cancer victim. This has been lauded by many as a display of the true spirit of the Olympics, and that of a true sportsperson.
After his recent win, Piotr made an appeal on Facebook saying, “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.”
Piotr tried to raise nearly $84,000. The price of the medal had reached $19,000, when Polish billionaires Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk agreed to purchase the medal for the cost of the surgery, as reported by CBS Sports.
Three-year-old Olek suffers from retinoblastoma, an eye cancer affecting young children. Thanks to Piotr's campaign, Olek will soon be flying to New York for treatment, Independent reports.
The 33-year-old Polish discus player threw 67.55m to claim silver, which he believes should serve a greater purpose than decorating his medal shelf. This was his second Olympic medal; the first too was a silver in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.