Poland’s Piotr Malachowski is auctioning off his Silver medal from the Rio Games to raise funds for treatment of a three-year-old boy suffering with a rare form of cancer, he said. Piotr Malachowski wrote on his Facebook page that he was moved to auction his prize after receiving a letter from the mother of a boy called Olek who said he had been battling eye cancer for two years and that treatment in New York was his only hope.
“I fought for gold in Rio. Today I’m calling on everyone to fight for something even more precious,” Malachowski wrote on19 to announce the auction, If you help me, my silver medal may turn out to be more precious than gold for Olek,” he said that he would use the entire sum raised to pay for treatment. “Success,” he later wrote.
A Polish foundation called Siepomaga has already gathered about a third of the roughly $126,000 it said was needed to finance the boy’s treatment at ophthalmic oncologist David Abramson’s clinic in New York. The highest bid in the auction for Malachowski’s silver medal on Poland’s Allegro website had reached about $6,000 on Friday. The auction ends on August 26.
Poland’s Piotr Malachowski won his second Olympic silver in Rio, finishing 82cm adrift of Germany’s Christoph Harting.
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