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Olympian auctioned off silver medal to fund child's cancer treatment

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For most Olympic athletes, bringing home a medal also means bringing home a new prized possession. 

That, however, was not the case for Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski. 

He brought home a silver medal from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but didn't keep it for long. 

According to CNN, Malachowski auctioned off his award to help a boy with cancer.  

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.
Piotr Malachowski

The money raised from the auction will help fund the treatment for 3-year-old Olek Szymanski, a Polish boy who suffers from retinoblastoma, according to ESPN. 


After the 2016 Olympic Games, Olek's mom reached out to the athlete, asking if Malachowski could help her son, who has been fighting the cancer for two years.

"In Rio I fought for gold," Malachowski wrote in Polish on Facebook. "Today, I appeal to everyone -- let's fight together about something that is even more precious. The health of this fantastic boy."

 Malachowski explained that the procedure the boy needs to treat his rare form of cancer is only available in New York. 

On Facebook, Malachowski encouraged his fans to help spread the word about the auction using the hashtag #OcalicOkoOlka, which means "Save Olek's Eye," according to CNN.

"If you help me, my silver may be more valuable than gold for Olek," he wrote.

The athlete's Facebook plea has since been shared more than 8,000 times on Facebook. 

According to ESPN, Siepomaga, a Polish charity, has already raised one-third of the $126,000 needed for Olek's treatment. 

Just a few days after announcing the auction, Malachowski announced that the medal had been sold. 

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