Polish discus thrower auctions silver medal to help fund child’s cancer treatment
Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski auctioned the silver medal he won at the Rio Olympics in order to help pay for the treatment of a 3-year-old boy with eye cancer.
The auction was completed three days ahead of schedule after it was purchased by Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk, the wealthiest couple in Poland.
The medal was bought for about $19,000 on Tuesday when the auction was ended early.
Malachowski wrote in a Facebook post that he decided to pull down the action after the couple offered to buy the medal for a price that allowed to the him to achieve the goal to help the boy.
“We were able to show that together we can do wonders,” Malachowski wrote. “My silver medal today is worth a lot more than a week ago. It is worth the life and health of little Olek. It is our great shared success.”
Malachowski also earned a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics eight years ago.