This Olympian sold one of his most prized possessions to help pay for a little boy’s medical bills AP Photo/Kin Cheung

One Olympian is showing that he cares more about people than prizes or possessions.

Piotr Malachowski, a discus thrower from Poland, heard about a little boy, Olek Szymanski, who was fighting a rare childhood cancer. He wanted to do something, so he decided to help in the only way he knew how – by selling his Olympic silver medal.

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In a Facebook post, Malachowski shared how he did “everything in his power” to win gold at the Olympics in Rio but was not successful.  But, “thanks to fate,” he had a chance “to increase the value” of his silver medal by selling it and using the funds to help Szymanski.

“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.”

To receive the treatment he needed, Szymanski need to raise $126,000 so he could go to New York for treatment.

Before Szymanski’s mother contacted Malachowski, they had only been able to raise $42,000, so in order to reach their goal, they needed to raise an additional $84,000.

Malachowski put his medal up for sale on eBay but ended the auction prematurely when a brother and sister duo bought the medal for enough money to pay for the treatment.

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Malachowski shared his excitement at meeting the goal on Facebook.

“We were able to show that together we can make miracles. My Silver Medal today is worth much more than a week ago.”

Malachowski may not have won a gold medal in Rio, but he certainly won the hearts of countless people around the world with his generosity.

Elizabeth Vale is a contributor for Rare.
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