He sells his Olympics medal to save a boy from cancer
The Olympics are a culmination of years — sometimes a lifetime — of hard work, dedication and focus.
An Olympic medal is a symbol that represents those things, while at the same time proving that you are one of the best in the entire world at your chosen discipline.
But Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski found something more important than the silver medal he won in Rio.
Malachowski returned to his home country and immediately put his medal up for auction in an effort to raise money for Olek Szymanski, a 3-year-old boy suffering from a rare form of eye cancer called retinoblastoma.
The 33-year-old world champion wrote on his Facebook page that he was moved to sell his accolade after receiving a request letter from the mother of a boy.
According to Malachowski, the boy needs to travel to New York to receive specialist treatment which is not available in Poland.
“I fought for gold in Rio. Today I’m calling on everyone to fight for something even more precious,” Malachowski wrote on Friday to announce the auction.
“If you help me, my silver medal may turn out to be more precious than gold for Olek,” he said, adding that he would use the entire sum raised to pay for treatment.
Even though the games ended on Sunday, the Olympic spirit is still alive.