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.
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.
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.