Friday, 26 August 2016

Silver turns to Gold: Olympian auctions medal, saves 3 year old's life

"I fought for gold in Rio. Today I'm calling on everyone to fight for something even more precious," Piotr Malachowski, wrote on Friday to announce the auction of his Olympic Silver Medal

Piotr Malachowski won the Silver medal in Discuss Throw for his home country, Poland, at the Rio Olympics but won hearts after he decided to auction off his medal to raise money for a 3-year-old boy struck with Cancer.
The little boy Olek Szymanski has retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer that begins in the retina. His mother wrote to the 33 year old champion asking for help, stating that the little boy had been battling eye cancer for two years and that treatment in New York was their only hope to save the child.
In his Facebook post, Malachowski wrote “Today I appeal to everyone- lets fight together about something that is even more precious: the health of this fantastic boy.
According to Reutwers, The Polish Charity Siepomaga had raised one-third of the $126,000 required for the treatment by last weekend.
"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.
"Success," he later wrote, saying the medal had found takers.

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