Champion sells Olympic medal to fund son’s cancer treatment

  • Piotr Malachowski, Polish champion is selling his Olympic silver medal for son’s cancer treatment through online auction
  • The three-year-old son is suffering from eye cancer
  • Polish foundation, Siepomaga, will shoulder a third of the surgery which cost $126,000
  • The medal was later bought by the richest brother-sister pair in Poland

WARSAW, Poland – The Olympic games recently ended and all the winning countries have welcomed their participants as heroes at home countries. However, one hero is selling his Olympic medal for a reason.

Piotr Malachowski, a discus thrower from Poland, has won a silver medal at the recently concluded Olympics.

Piotr put up the silver medal he recently won for auction, from which earnings will be intended for the treatment of his three-year-old son with eye cancer.

The 33-year-old world champion said he wanted to raise some $84,000 for his son Olek Szymanski, who needed surgery for retinoblastoma to save his eyesight.

An article by ESPN said that Siepomaga, a Polish foundation, will shoulder a third of the surgery which cost $126,000.

Piotr initially announced about the medal auction on Facebook and it was later bought by the richest brother-sister pair in Poland.

He said Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk “declared their willingness to buy my silver medal for an amount which enables us to meet the goal set.”

The Kulczyks are listed on Forbes list as the richest people in Poland.

The two are worth $3.4 billion combined, according to Forbes Magazine. They inherited their fortune from their father, Jan, who passed away in July 2015.

Malachowski said, “We were able to show that together we can do wonders. My silver medal today is worth a lot more than a week ago. It is worth the life and health of a small Olek. It is our great shared success.”

“In Poland, there is no longer any chance of saving Olek’s eye,” he added, confirming the boy will be treated in New York.