Polish Olympian Piotr Malachowski selling medal to help boy with cancer

Saturday August 20th, 2016

Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski will sell the silver medal he won in Rio to help raise funds for a boy battling a rare form of cancer, he announced on his Facebook page.

“In Rio I fought for gold,” Malachowski said. “Today I call on all people - let us fight together for something that is even more valuable. For the health of this fantastic boy.”

All the proceeds from the sale will go to 3-year-old Olek Szymanski, who is suffering from retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer.

According to Malachowski, the boy needs to travel to New York to receive a treatment that can possibly save his eyes.

Siepomaga, a Polish foundation supporting Szymanski, says that $126,000 is needed to finance the treatment at ophthalmic oncologist David Abramson’s clinic in New York. 

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