One Olympic medalist will go on to become #1 in the hearts of many more.
Piotr Malachowski had accomplished his lifelong goal. He had gone to the 2016 Olympics. Competing as a discus thrower for his native country of Poland, Malachowski had taken home the silver medal. The years of dedication and focus had finally paid off. The young man had everything he wanted; but that wasn’t enough. He was prepared to give everything to save a little boy in need.
Malachowski had heard about a little boy, Olek, with a rare form of cancer known as retinoblastoma. The boy had already lost the use of one eyes and the cancer was threatening his second. The Polish athlete knew of one way he could help.
“For an athlete, to win an Olympic medal is a dream come true… however, fate has given me a chance to increase the value of my silver,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Shortly after, the Olympian posted an ad online, selling his brand new silver medal. His goal? To raise a little over $84,000, just 1/3 of the cost of an operation that would prevent the 3-year-old from going blind.
Unfortunately, the medal was removed from the site prematurely after reaching a bid of $19,000. The auction was closed after famous Polish billionaires, Dominika and Sebastian Kulcyk, charitably agreed to purchase the medal from Malachowski. The generous couple also pledged to pay for the remainder of the young boy’s cancer treatment.
The Polish hero closes with an appeal to others who are able to give back:
“In Rio I fought for gold. Today I make an appeal to everyone — let’s fight together for something that is even more valuable,” he added. “…my silver medal might be more valuable to Olek than gold.”
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