Rio Olympic Hero Becomes A Hero Again
The Rio Olympics just got over. All the countries that participated and won medals have welcomed their participants to as heroes back home. One such hero from Poland who has won a medal is already making news for a different yet amazing reason. Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski, who took silver at the Rio Olympics, said that he auctioned off his medal this week to fund treatment for a three-year-old boy struck with cancer.
Rallying people for a cause
The 33-year-old world champion took to social media sharing how he was moved by the plight of a boy named Olek who has been battling eye cancer for two years and that treatment in New York was his only hope. Malachowski decided to auction his medal to raise funds for the kid’s operation in New York and he issued a rallying call for others. “I fought for gold in Rio. Today I’m calling on everyone to fight for something even more precious,” Mr. Malachowski wrote to announce the auction.
“If you help me, my silver medal may turn out to be more precious than gold for Olek,” he added. The polish champion was welcomed and the auctioning turned out to be a huge success. “Success,” he later wrote after confirming that the medal he had auctioned had indeed found takers.